The Week Ahead

WH.gov: The Easter Egg Roll will take place Monday, April 1st, 7:30 AM to 6:45 PM, on the South Lawn of the White House and is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.

The entire event will be broadcast live on whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll. A full schedule will be posted on the morning of April 1st.

This year’s special guest is Robby Novak, better known as Kid President.

Jordin Sparks, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, Sesame Street and The Wanted will perform on the Rockin’ Egg Roll Stage. Jessica Sanchez will sing the National Anthem. The Official Emcee of the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly, who will introduce acts on the music stage on the ellipse. The United States Marine Corps Band will perform American classics.

Readers on the Storytime Stage will be NASCAR’s Danica Patrick, Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson, Elmo, Abby, Gordon and Rosita from Sesame Street, the full cast of Super Sprowtz, The Wanted and actress Quvenzhané Wallis.

See here for the full list of participants

“Easter sucks.”


Tuesday: The President will welcome the Prime Minister of Singapore to the White House.

Wednesday: The President will travel to the Denver area, where he will continue asking the American people to join him in calling on Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. He will meet with local law enforcement officials and community leaders to discuss the new measures the state has recently put in place, including closing loopholes and a background check system to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who should not have access to them.

Later in the day, the President will travel to San Francisco, California to attend events for the DCCC.  He will remain overnight in San Francisco.

Thursday: The President will attend events for the DNC in Atherton, California. He will return to Washington, D.C. that evening.

Friday: The President will participate in the Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

219 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. March 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Well color my eggs!

  2. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    March 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for these sweet photos, Chips! Love Bo in his Easter gear.

  3. 15 andogriff
    March 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Congrats on first, Carol! Ms Chips, thanks for another lovely and informative post. Hope everyone has a lovely Easter weekend!

  4. March 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I hope it’s a glorious day for the WH Easter Egg Roll and that the haters will stay away!

  5. March 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Congrats on 1st Carol – you seem to be camped there almost permanently which I’m sure VC reminds you occasionally 😀 😀

    Thanks for the great threads today, Chips!!!

    Would be worthwhile constantly to remind everyone that the GOP insurgency remains the single most effective terrorist organization attacking America, daily!

    Yes We Can

  6. March 29, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Off-topic, but found this interesting:
    On Tuesday, the City Council of Lancaster, California approved a mandate that most new homes must produce solar energy. This is the first such mandate in the nation.

    Lancaster is in the Mojave high-desert and gets about 400 days of sunshine a year (joke).

    Looks like Californians are finally waking up, no doubt thanks to the encouragement of our progressive, Jesuit Governor Jerry Brown.

  7. March 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I have a little lick monster here. 🙂

  8. March 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Couple of LOLs from @BuzzfeedAndrew yesterday:

  9. March 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    No doubt Meta can shed more light on this initiative by the city of Santa Clara.

    Love the idea of enabling free Wi-Fi when swapping out electric meters:
    “Here’s a clever idea: Piggyback the installation of connected, smart utility meters with free Wi-Fi service for outdoor use. That’s exactly what the City of Santa Clara is doing.”


  10. March 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    And this from VP Biden’s former communications director (not sure of her title, but she’s now working for Tim Kaine for VA Gov):

  11. 29 Bill
    March 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Tony Romo signed a $108 million, 6 year extension with the Dallas Cowboys.

    • 30 Nena20409
      March 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Money To Burn?

      Seriously? 6 yrs? Hmm?

    • 31 0388jojothecat
      March 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Americans has their priorities all wrong. We live in a country where people are paid millions play a game and corporations reap billions while our children can’t get a decent education and teachers who teach our most precious children are paid a paupers salary.

    • 35 anniebella
      March 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Jerry Jones is a rich jackass. Tony Romo have not proven he is worth 10 million dollars. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan, I have watch Romo and have been disappointed in him and the entire team. I think Jerry Jones is the worse.

  12. 37 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm


    But the current South is willing to cut off its own nose to show contempt for the government. Governor Rick Scott of Florida turned down more than $2 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail system in Florida that would have created jobs and millions of dollars in revenues, just to show he was independent of the hated federal government. In this mood, his forebears would have turned down TVA. People across the South are going even farther than Scott, begging to secede again from the Union. Packer notes that the tea is cooling in parties across the rest of the nation, but seems to be fermenting to a more toxic brew in the South. No one needs better health care more than the South, but it fights it off so long as Obama is offering it, its governors turning down funds for Medicaid. This is a region that rejects sex education, though its rate of teenage pregnancies is double and in places triple that of New England. It fights federal help with education, preferring to inoculate its children against science by denying evolution.


    Tradition dies hard, hardest among those who cannot admit to the toll it has taken on them. That is why the worst aspects of the South are resurfacing under Obama’s presidency. It is the dignity. That a black should have not merely rights but prominence, authority, and even awe—that is what many Southerners cannot stomach. They would let him ride on the bus, or get into Ivy League schools. But he must be kept from the altar; he cannot perform the secular equivalent of taking the Lord in his hands. It is the dignity.

    This is the thing that makes the South the distillation point for all the fugitive extremisms of our time, the heart of Say-No Republicanism, the home of lost causes and nostalgic lunacy. It is as if the whole continent were tipped upward, so that the scattered crazinesses might slide down to the bottom. The South has often been defeated. Now it is defeating itself.

    • 38 kathryn kivett
      March 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      hmmmm is Arizona considered to be in the south?…Texas?….and what’s the story on NORTH DAKOTA?…

      • 39 desertflower
        March 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        no…but they act the same. ND…they just fell off the deep end….

      • 40 nathkatun7
        March 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

        If I am not mistaken. most people in the Arizona territory during the Civil War were pro- Southern States’ session. Texas is definitely part of the South, and was one of the 11 Confederate States that seceded from the United States. Obviously, North Dakota was not part of the South. I am not sure what to make of ND’s current right wing extremism on issues like abortion and gun safety.

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      March 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      It’s the people in the south who don’t feel this way that I feel sorry for. There are many decent, common sense people in southern states who don’t want their state’s economies to suffer and who would welcome an extension of Medicaid and other sensible government programs. In some states they might even be a majority, but they don’t organize and don’t vote in sufficient numbers. That’s why the crazies elect the governors and state legislators who inflict actual harm on the population. I could care less what happens to the racist ignoramuses, but they take good people down with them.

      • 42 Lovepolitics2008
        March 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

        yep. Let’s not forget that some southern states vote democrat at 35%, 40%, 45%. We’re talking about millions of people …

  13. March 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Good evening! In looking at the pictures, I think the President enjoys the Easter Egg Roll as much as the kids do. 😆

  14. 44 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  15. March 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    • March 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      GIVE ME A ‘C’!
      GIVE ME A ‘U’!!
      GIVE ME An ‘N’!!!
      GIVE ME A ‘T”!!!!


      GO LIZ!!!!

      • 47 4morefor44
        March 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        not cool, dude.

        • 48 Nena20409
          March 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm

          Agreed, Not a Name this fine establishment should sanction, no matter how Cruel, crude or wicked Liz Cheney might be. I wish he/she would have it removed.

          • 49 theo67
            March 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm


            • March 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

              CRIPES, SORRY!! But her father is a revolting, war criminal with a unparallel record of failure that will lie about the President until he’s finally gone. (soon?) The Dick cheney SHOULD be serving a life sentence for war crimes. The span liz is utterly despicable, lying and lying to defend the indefensible. Therefore liz is sub-human and now proving herself to be MORE sub-human than we knew before. I’m a LONG TIME TOD family member, albeit not an inner-sanctum regular. I know the “C-Word” makes some folks apoplectic AND I UNDERSTAND WHY. I specifically applied it to the lizcheney insect because if anyone deserves it???!?!?! Again, if using the term just makes you…. I’m sorry. But a big ole righteous, judgemental slap down from y’all??? Actually, I probably deserve it for sumthin!!!

              • 51 theo67
                March 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

                The Cheneys bring out the worst in all of us. I feel like spitting every time I think of them – which isn’t often. Thanks for the apology – accepted!

              • 52 Nena20409
                March 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

                I don’t disagree that Liz Cheney is as despicable as one can ever imagined to be. But here at our Oasis, we have a Fine, sweet, good, heartwarming lady that run this website, Blog. We all respect her. And as a female, I would not want any female addressed that way, no matter how wicked Liz Cheney is. I have no doubt that you can come up with a much better description for the Dick Cheney offspring. Please, have it removed. It is not being righteous, judgmental or a slap down. Just a friendly request.

                To ask is not a smack down. Nothing you did is deserving of any punishment……just a friendly request from a fellow TODer, that is all.

      • 54 0388jojothecat
        March 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        Lizard Cheney the evil demon spawn of Dick “the devil” Cheney.

      • March 30, 2013 at 3:19 am

        Try see you next Tuesday!

    • March 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Oh God … as I was scrolling up I saw part of her picture and thought “is that Liz Cheney?” hoping it was not, because it has been a while since we heard from that crazy lady and I really thought she and her EVIL father might be fading away (since we cannot seem to get them to “pass on”). But woe is me, it is she. Please God, we have had enough of her and her father. Be benevolent to us and take them away, please? P.S. I don’t care what position Liz Cheney has served in, when her father is gone, she will be of no consequence whatsoever.

    • 58 Nena20409
      March 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      I will just call her a NUT.

      The woman is so angry. She needs professional help. Perhaps, she dial the number for Doctor Ben Carson. He is capable of operating on her head? Yes, he is.

    • 60 anniebella
      March 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Meet Cheney “CrazyNut” Jr.

  16. March 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  17. 62 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  18. March 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Awesome video of VP Biden when he was running in 1988, 3 minutes of vintage Biden:

    • 65 Lovepolitics2008
      March 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

      He would have been a FORMIDABLE opponent to George Bush. But the media killed his candidacy when they HAMMERED Joe, OVER and OVER again,for a little mistake he had make. He was accused of plagiarism because he forgot to cite the author of one of the quotes he used. He had used the quote in the past AND cited the author. So this was not the big thing the media made it out to be.

      The media did the same thing to Howard Dean in 2004. Remember the “Dean scream” that the media played non-stop on tv?

      Sometimes you tempted by this conspiracy thing…

  19. 66 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    EWWWW!!!!!!!!!! Jim Carrey: Fox News ‘A Media Colostomy Bag That Has Begun To Burst At The Seams’
    Source: Huffingtonpost.com

    Jim Carrey has some harsh words for Fox News. Carrey released a statement on Friday blasting the conservative news network as “a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams.”

    Carrey’s issue with Fox News stems from the response to his recent anti-gun lobby video “Cold Dead Hand,” produced in conjunction with Funny or Die.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/jim-carrey-fox-news_n_2981222.html

    That sounds about right 🙂

    • 67 desertflower
      March 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      More Carrey: I sincerely believe that in time, good people will lose patience with the petty and poisonous behavior of these bullies and Fux News will be remembered as nothing more than a giant culture fart that no amount of Garlique could cure.

  20. 68 Dudette
    March 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  21. March 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Can we just fucking go to single payer? Please? *insert emo-whine here*

    Ok, I feel better now. Now I need a cocktail.

  22. 80 amk for obama
    March 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Poor, poor Bo. Who did this to him ?

  23. 97 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  24. March 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  25. 99 sherijr
    March 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    “Easter Sucks” ~ poor Bo
    You are hilarious Chips 🙂

  26. March 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  27. 103 GGail
    March 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Good West Coast Good Friday evening Chipsticks!

    Thank you so much for posting POTUS in Miami. I will enjoy it this evening now that I’m home 🙂

  28. March 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  29. 107 amk for obama
    March 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  30. 108 amk for obama
    March 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Both shrapova & serena enter miami finals with serena the latest to win the semis.

    But BBC’s headlines ? Sharapova through to Sony Open final.

    One has to click the linky to see that serena too entered the finals.


    • 109 amk for obama
      March 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      And when serena wins the final, they’ll probably say shrapova loses the finals…

    • March 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      The coverage Sharapova gets is comical – and the disrespectful coverage Serena gets makes me want to tear my hair out. Ah white, male sports editors, you gotta love ’em.

      • 111 amk for obama
        March 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        Our tennis hero, Vijay Amirtaraj, often says, both the williams girls never get the credit due from the tennis establishment. Small minded pricks.

        • March 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm

          Oh, I loved Vijay Amritraj, a natural-born tennis genius!

          The coverage of the Williams has been despicable over the years. Generally, coverage of women’s sport is embarrassing any way, but the snide-ness of the coverage they’ve received, the constant focus on anything but their talent or achievements, and consistent refusal to acknowledge their brilliance, has been a sight to behold.

          At least Tiger’s brilliance has been hailed, although begrudgingly in plenty of quarters. Although, I still laugh at the notion that we should now judge him by his nocturnal activities. Funny, they don’t apply that standard to too many other sportsmen. (And Phil Mickelson is a ‘God’, despite being a Grade A dick).

          • March 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

            AMK=Leander Paes < Chipsticks=Navratolova in this conversation…….just saying

            • March 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm

              🙂 Absolutely bizarrely, LP, I was on the tennis team when I was a teen-type person, which said a whole lot more about the lack of talent available to our coach than my abilities. Put it this way: I was no Martina. My best weapon was my backhand, but only because my grip was so weird the ball sliced in to the middle of next week when it landed. It was kind of like a table tennis shot. My serve was extraordinary, in a truly awful kind of way, and my volleys usually ended up in my own face. But, you know, I shouldn’t boast!

              • 115 amk for obama
                March 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

                when I was a teen-type person

                need moar pic proof.

              • 116 99ts
                March 30, 2013 at 1:51 am

                When I was a teen – sometime last century – I was on the tennis team. In later years a friend (whose mother was the coach) told me the only reason I was on the team was because her mother wouldn’t put her own children (my friend included) on the team.

                So all those years I thought I was tennis player extraordinaire – what a let down.

            • 117 amk for obama
              March 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

              Is that supposed to be an insult ? It it is, it ain’t. I like Paes and his commitment to Indian tennis and davis cup. So amk=paes is fine with me.

              • March 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm

                I finally learned why the Williams sisters skip Indian Wells every year. In 2001 they were subjected to horrid racist abuse, and the head honcho basically tried to sweep it under the rug.

  31. 119 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I was flipping through channels one night in bed…and I came upon this incredible musician on PBS…I was mesmerized.

  32. 125 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Here’s the entire concert at Royal Albert Hall…kick ass blues!

  33. March 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    “Do you believe in yourself?”


    I want to adopt her.

  34. 135 magapie
    March 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Apologies this is a repost. Some of you wonderful people took greqat umbrage at my use of the dreaded c-word. I have no interest in that wrod but, thought it was appropos in a specific instance. ERGO, re-postification!!!

    CRIPES, SORRY!! But her father is a revolting, war criminal with an unparalleled record of failure. That criminal will lie about the President until he’s finally gone. (soon?) The Dick cheney SHOULD be serving a life sentence for war crimes. His span liz is utterly despicable, lying and lying to defend the indefensible. Therefore liz is sub-human and now proving herself to be MORE sub-human than we knew before. I’m a LONG TIME TOD family member, albeit not an inner-sanctum regular. I know the “C-Word” makes some folks apoplectic AND I UNDERSTAND WHY. I specifically applied it to the lizcheney insect because if anyone deserves it???!?!?! Again, if using the term just makes you…. SORRY. But a big ole righteous, judgemental slap down from y’all??? Actually, I probably deserve it for sumthin!!!


    • 136 desertflower
      March 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      No worries from me, magapie. I hate that word, but…. I detest Cheney and question why an incredible woman, full of life and giving of herself to others, my mother, was unable to receive the heart transplant she so desperately needed to keep living her life, and that evil, POS got one and still walks this Earth…it’s just beyond me. Today would have been my mother’s 78th birthday. I wish that SHE was here! That entire family can rot in hell. They are takers, liars and as UNAmerican as you can be. Lady Karma please don’t miss them!!

      • March 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        OMG. I…… That’s SOoooo WRONG. It’s incredibly hard to even process such ………………..PEVERSE INJUSTICE.

        EVERLASTING LOVE to your mother !!! (and you too 🙂 ).

        • 138 desertflower
          March 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm

          Thanks, magapie. Life isn’t fair, but I know in my heart that sweet karma will work its magic…you can’t escape the evil you do, it always finds you and makes the wrongs, right again. My mom is with me every minute of every day…I feel her and know that she guides me. I am half of her. Thank you for your thoughts and kind words. I walk this Earth to pay it forward and do a kindness for others everyday….I know she guides me.

    • 139 Nena20409
      March 29, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you so very much. Apologies accepted 😉

  35. 140 globalcitizenlinda
    March 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I know Speaker Pelosi “spoilt me because I was used to her congress pushing out a major bill almost every week so that PBO could sign it

  36. March 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Shit, when did New Kids on the Block start making decent music?

  37. 155 amk for obama
    March 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible.”

    “What do you mean?” said the pirate, “I feel fine.”

    “What about the wooden leg? You didn’t have that before.”

    “Well, we were in a battle and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I’m fine now.”

    “Well, ok, but what about that hook? “What happened to your hand?”

    “We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook. I’m fine, really.”

    “What about that eye patch?”

    “Well … It was my first day with the hook.”

  38. March 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Prescience from Pink Floyd.

  39. 157 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    This isn’t good….drill baby drill crowd should be careful what they wish for

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022586921 Exxon oil pipline burst in Arkansas, evacuations under way

  40. 158 amk for obama
    March 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    China’s President Xi Jinping seals a string of deals and promises to boost ties further as he ends a week-long trip to Africa in the Republic of Congo.


    They’re buying up the resources while the west is drunk on stupid wars.

  41. 160 amk for obama
    March 29, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    “Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is under investigation for alleged misuse of campaign funds. She’s blaming the accusations on her arch nemesis: the facts.” –Jay Leno

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

      Marcus need to take his darn lying dingbat of a wife back to Minnesota to stay for good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. 162 amk for obama
    March 29, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    “Yesterday former CIA director David Petraeus apologized for having an affair with his biographer. He said he hopes this begins a new chapter in his life. It got awkward when he said, ‘Any of you ladies want to write it?'” –Jimmy Fallon

  43. 163 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 30, 2013 at 12:03 am

    • 164 isonprize
      March 30, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Alycee – I LOVE THIS!!

      I’m not a bumper sticker person, but I’ll give them some $$ for this. I’ll give it away, I don’t care. As long as we get RID of Tom “Cut it” Corbett!

      • 165 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 30, 2013 at 3:31 am

        I wasn’t either until Obama’08. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO thankful that OFA used vinyl stickers. My grandson (age 6) was visiting on spring break right before the ’08 primary. I received my bulk order of stickers — about 5 or 6 different types; he asked if he could put stickers on my car — I said “yes.” Didn’t think to say “one of each!” He had my car covered! Fortunately, he had stacked the backers neatly under a rock (it was windy), so we were able to remove them on replace the backers. When asked why he did that? He replied that when the package arrived I said “MY stickers are here” so he thought the were all for me! Didn’t occur to him that I purchased them to give away.

  44. 166 desertflower
    March 30, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Jim Carrey ‏@JimCarrey 24 Mar

    The important question is “Do we possess guns in America or do guns possess us?” http://say.ly/VPr5rpR

  45. March 30, 2013 at 1:18 am

    An unlikely hero says pay it forward.

  46. March 30, 2013 at 1:49 am

    War, what the hell it good for?

  47. March 30, 2013 at 3:49 am

  48. March 30, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Fighting for equal rights…

  49. March 30, 2013 at 4:43 am

    My husband was a Navy Corpsman between 1970-1974. We were married in 1971. He was attached to the Marines at Camp LeJuene, N.C. almost three of those four years. He trained in Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) to prepare to ship out to ‘Nam. Thank God, his platoon was not called To go. Thank you to the men and women who did serve in Vietnam. We owe you for our lives we live today. If only America could learn from history. A classmate of ours had an older brother, a Navy pilot. In 1965 his plane was shot down and he was killed in 1965. The wall is one trip I would like to take to find his name. Forty years ago today, I cried all day long, happy I was watching you come home. My hubby’s oldest brother did serve in Vietnam; fortunately he came home safe and sound. There was a draft and many of you had no choice but to serve. We will never forget. Never! A grateful Nation honors you.

  50. March 30, 2013 at 4:59 am

    The Fall of Saigon in 1975.

  51. March 30, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Sounds of the time of Vietnam War…

  52. 184 amk for obama
    March 30, 2013 at 6:57 am

  53. 185 amk for obama
    March 30, 2013 at 6:58 am

  54. 186 Ladyhawke
    March 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Hispanic group to GOP congressmen: Watch your language

    By Cameron Joseph – (01/28/13)


    “Tone and rhetoric will be key in the days and weeks ahead as both liberals and conservatives lay out their perspectives. Please consider these tonally sensitive messaging points as you discuss immigration, regardless of your position,” Hispanic Leadership Network Executive Director Jennifer Korn writes.

    Many Republican operatives have been as or more worried about their party’s rhetoric on immigration and immigrants than their actual policy positions, and there have been some concerted private efforts to convince immigration hard-liners to be more careful in their rhetoric, even if they don’t change their positions at all. This memo shows exactly how to approach that messaging battle and try to unify the GOP while finding ways to attack Democrats.


    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/279753-hispanic-republican-group-to-gop-congressmen-watch-your-language-on-immigration#ixzz2P1Q0MTaQ

    h/t Maddowblog

  55. 187 Ladyhawke
    March 30, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Confederate flag at old NC Capitol coming down

    By MICHAEL BIESECKER — Associated Press


    “The history of the Confederate battle flag, how it was designed and formulated, how it has been used through the years, clearly states that it is a flag of white supremacy,” Goldfield said. “I know current Sons of Confederate Veterans would dispute that, saying ‘Hey, I’m not a racist.’ But the fact remains that the battle flag was used by a country that had as its foundation the protection and extension of human bondage.”

    The NAACP’s Barber said the McCrory administration eventually made the right call, but questioned how the decision to hang the flag was made in the first place.

    “A flag should represent a banner of unity, not division,” Barber said. “A substantive symbol and sign of our best history, not our worse. We cannot deny history but neither can we attempt to revision it in a way that glorifies the shameful and attempts to make noble that which is ignoble.”



  56. 189 Ladyhawke
    March 30, 2013 at 7:55 am

    You’re Not Helping: North Carolina GOP Gov. Closes State Latino Office


    • 190 Bill
      March 30, 2013 at 8:39 am

      The NC governor also has nominated “Buddy” Collins, who opposes anti-bulling measures aimed at protecting LGBT students, to the State Board of Education.

    • 191 anniebella
      March 30, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I knew we weren’t getting anything but a right wing jackass when he won in November. N.C. regret electing that j.a.

  57. 192 forus50
    March 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

  58. 198 Jovie
    March 30, 2013 at 8:24 am

    The GOP response to the Presidents jobs plan? Approve Keystone now!
    Good grief!

  59. 201 Dudette
    March 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

  60. March 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Mooooooooorning! Just putting Rise and Shine together, back in a bit!

  61. 205 forus50
    March 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

  62. 211 Dudette
    March 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Yo! Everybody has a-risen. We’s waaaaay past Rise & Shine time! 😎

  63. 213 Dudette
    March 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Canna wait any longer — gotta hop, gotta rock, gotta roll! [… lurches along the highway shoulder toward the off-ramp]
    Catch y’all later. I leave you with this///


    Good Morning Everyone! 😎

    It’s a beautiful mornin’, Ahhh,
    I think I’ll go outside a while,
    An jus’ smile.
    Just take in some clean fresh air, boy!
    Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
    If the weather’s fine an’ you got the time.
    It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day.

  64. 216 Dudette
    March 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

    … and this

    [Smooches mi amigos!]

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