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Rise and Shine

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Today:

10:30: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:0: First Lady Michelle Obama hosts ‘Soulville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul Workshop’

11:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:0: Vice President Biden Speaks at a Law Enforcement Event at the White House

3:0: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel

7:30: The President and First Lady host a concert celebrating Memphis Soul music as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series

White House live

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From Donna:

I urge you to take the Sandy Hook Promise and then let’s get busy honoring the lives that were lost on 12/14

Call to Action Tuesday

Please contact your Senators and local Congress Person and ask them to support common sense gun control measures.

Email them the links to the CBS 60 minute segments by the Sandy Hook Promise Group.

Also, let’s not let the Blue State Senate Republicans off the hook. Pound away at them today. Convince your family and friends to contact them as well.

Kirk of Illinois

Portman of Ohio

Rubio of Florida

Toomey of PA

Ayotte of New Hampshire

Grassley of Iowa

Heller of Nevada

Johnson of Wisconsin

All of your contact information can he found here at What is Working

Please do it for our kids…

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Steve Benen: …. President Obama delivered a fiery address in Hartford late yesterday afternoon, making the case for his proposals to reduce gun violence. Referencing congressional skeptics, the president said, “If they’re not part of the 90 percent of Americans who agree on background checks, then ask them, why not? Why wouldn’t you want to make it easier for law enforcement to do their job? Why wouldn’t you want to make it harder for a dangerous person to get his or her hands on a gun? What’s more important to you: our children, or an A-grade from the gun lobby?”

The assembled crowd, featuring many families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, chanted more than once, “We want a vote.”

Congressional Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), aren’t inclined to give them one….

More here

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President Obama hugs Newtown family members after speaking at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conneticut

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Washington Post: New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most committed and deep-pocketed gun-control proponents, is ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers by launching a new system to grade them based on their votes and statements on gun issues.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit group financed by Bloomberg (I), will unveil a scoring system Tuesday to award lawmakers grades of A through F, much like the National Rifle Association, which has derived much of its power by deploying letter rankings against politicians at election time….

More here

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Steve Benen: When I saw the Politico headline this morning, referencing a new CNN poll, I thought the results must have been pretty bad for President Obama. Politico’s homepage featured this headline and subhead: “Poll: Obama trails on key issues; A new poll finds the president’s approval falling in immigration, guns and the deficit.”

It came as a something of a surprise, then, when I looked at the poll and found that Obama’s approval rating is up four points to 51%…..

More here

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ThinkProgress: The U.S. Collects Less In Taxes Than All But Two Industrialized Countries:

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ThinkProgress: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not much like it when the Senate is getting things done. Indeed, the frequency of filibusters more than doubled after McConnell became his party’s leader in the Senate. But, as Bloomberg reports, the Minority Leader has now outdone his own ability to come up with reasons for the Senate to avoid doing its job:

The Senate was supposed to vote this afternoon on the nomination of Patty Shwartz as a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That vote has been postponed until tomorrow because Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has other plans: Kentucky’s senior senator will be at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as his University of Louisville Cardinals take on the University of Michigan Wolverines ….

More here

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Hmm, not sure she was a fan of ‘socialized medicine’, but still – nice toon:

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MoooOOOOOoooorning!


210 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. April 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning 🙂 its early on the west coast

  2. April 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Amk? You there? You know our ‘don’t speak ill of the dead’ chat yesterday? Um, this Irish cricketer wasn’t paying attention……

    Ireland allrounder John Mooney faces the prospect of disciplinary action following a tweet made in response to Margaret Thatcher’s death.

    After news of Baroness Thatcher’s death broke on Monday, a tweet appearing from Mooney’s account, said: “I hope it was slow and painful.” It was removed within a few hours of appearing.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ireland/content/story/628861.html

    • 9 amk for obama
      April 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

      He could claim I hacked into his a/c. limeys can kmwa.

    • 10 japa21
      April 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Well, you know the Irish. We always have a difficult time not saying exactly what we feel.

    • 11 99ts
      April 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

      She was no friend of the Irish – or the Scots

      I wonder if the diary of QEII will ever be published – what a story of Prime Ministers that would be.

  3. 12 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone 🙂

    I’m HF2, and I too want a vote!

    Congrats vetivera on #1.

  4. 14 Jovie
    April 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Yes, the implementation of Obama care is difficult-

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/292531-sebelius-obamacare-rollout-more-complicated-than-anticipated

    Particularly when you have people in congress saying the only way to stop Obamacare is by shutting down the Government.
    The Republicans are already over reaching, imagine if they go over the debt limit, just to stop Obamacare?

  5. April 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Good morning TODer’s!

    Spring has sprung and with it the pollen. Hope all you allergy sufferers are surviving those pesky particles okay.

    • 16 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

      G’day swbluega. Allergies are bad today 😦

    • 17 kathryn kivett
      April 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Yep…Expect I have been credited for raising Kleenex stock all by myself.

    • 18 57andfemale
      April 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      It’s going to be the Allergy Year From Hell. We’ve barely had any warm weather here in Chicago, everything’s still brown but I’m sneezing and wheezing like it’s mid June.

  6. 19 Jovie
    April 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Chips did the rise and shine this morning, and its a good one too. 🙂
    I read all the posts, don’t comment as much, but I have to keep informed for that big election we have in 2014! 🙂
    Good morning.

  7. 23 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’m curious to see how any of the national media portrayed our President’s speech yesterday. The local news are so forthright and simply do their jobs instead of pushing snarky or hostile memes in response to his activities or speeches.

    • 24 Jewelz
      April 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

      I think only CBS morning news spent a considerable amount of time covering it. The other network morning shows only spent at most 2 minutes discussing it. They were too busy talking about Margaret Thatcher, NCAA basketball championship game, and Beyonce and Jay Z trip to Cuba.

    • April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

      We have a President who is goodness itself.

  8. 26 japa21
    April 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Morning all. No, Thatcher was anything but a socialist. But she also was PM in a country which was definitely pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-socialized medicine. Although on the latter she had some reservations, she knew better than to make those social issues a major issue. The current “conservatives” tend to worship people who stand against their principles on many things. Thatcher with those items, Reagan who pushed to strengthen SS, was willing to raise taxes to fight a deficit problem 9although not enough and who increased spending drastically in unnecessary areas) and provided real amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants.

    The problem for most of the GOP is that they have to try to keep their iconic conservatives within at leat the memory of their supporters ratrher than the real people they truly worship, John C. Calhoun, Jefferson Davis and King George III.

    • April 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Morning Japa. Yeah, I have no memory at all of Thatcher having any particular interest in social issues (ie abortion, etc), but that’s the key difference between most Conservatives in Britain and the Republicans. I’d put that down mainly to religion playing no – or hardly any – role in British politics, there’s really only a small wing of Conservatives for whom religion fuels their opposition to gay rights, abortion, all that. Thatcher wasn’t religious at all, I suspect she was actually an athiest, so her focus was never on social issues, I don’t think she was interested in them.

      But I do laugh at the notion that she was pro-socialized medicine as I’ve read a few times since she died – she certainly was not! But she knew better than to try and dismantle the British Health Service, that’s one thing that the people would never tolerate.

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Japa, I laughed at your reference to the GOP trying to keep their iconic conservatives with the memory of their supporters. I suspect this is getting really tough considering how many years ago St. Ronny was president. For voters under 40, Ronnie is ancient history. And Thatcher? How many R’s really identify with the Brits?

  9. 31 amk for obama
    April 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Earthquake near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22077834

    Bringing my am cheerful news this am.

  10. 33 kathryn kivett
    April 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning again….once more I was in the other post talking to myself…which is what I feel living in NC….looked Charlotte and Raleigh papers this morning and not a mention of Richard Burr’s stance on blocking the vote. Is this old news or am I the last to know….as I stated, have called/emailed both Senators…donated money to OFA and Brady…put on face book…retweeted all your tweets but they are floating in cyber space b/c I don’t tweet so don’t know where they went,….and emailed everyone I know to call/write with phone#’s….Don’t know of anything else I can do…

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Kathryn, the only other thing to do is to try to multiply your efforts by calling like-minded friends and neighbors and asking them to pressure your reps. No matter how red the area you live in, there are still many Dems/Liberals who are looking for acknowledgement that they exist. Even if you know only one other person, that’s two of you making the effort. Good luck. P.S. if you don’t know who these people are, call the county democratic committee and ask them for a list of Dems in your neighborhood.

      • 35 kathryn kivett
        April 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

        Oh, I do that, Jackie….my friends, family, and neighbors think I have a one track mind and in this instance I do…..there are a lot of issues I am passionate about but the safety of my Grandchildren and trying to do anything I can to prevent even one death from guns is my top priority…..Hey, think I’m too old to march?….I really wish a huge march would be organized in Washington….

    • April 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

      I mentioned yesterday that I had emailed GA US Senators Chambliss and Isakson. I received the following response from Isakson:

      ” I support the Second Amendment right of all law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families. I firmly believe that we do not need more gun control in America; rather we need more criminal control. To that end, I support instant background checks on the commercial purchase of all guns to prevent convicted felons from obtaining them, but I do not support waiting periods or the registration of any firearm. As many of these issues reemerge in the 113th Congress, I will work for common-sense legislation that keeps our children safe without infringing upon our Second Amendment rights. ”

      In an interview, Isakson expressed that he was against an assault weapons ban:

      http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/sen-johnny-isakson-weighs-in-on-gun-control-debate/vmGkc/

      But on a positive note, Isakson stated that he believed that the Senate Gun Control Bill deserves an up-or-down vote.

      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/292547-isakson-gun-bill-deserves-an-up-or-down-vote

    • 37 Bill
      April 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

      I am finding Burr does not have very intelligent and/or informed people working in his office.

  11. 38 amk for obama
    April 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

    How to Test Your Antivirus, Firewall, Browser, and Software Security

    http://www.howtogeek.com/143263/how-to-test-your-antivirus-firewall-browser-and-software-security/

    Just. Do. It.

    Mine was perfect in all counts.

  12. 40 utaustinliberal
    April 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Morning. Chiparoo, you forgot to include FLOTUS’s Memphis Soul workshop at 11AM ET.

  13. 44 99ts
    April 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hello all – an early rise and shine – and I missed it. Too busy gloating over pictures of the grand babe.

    Now I shall read the news as it should be read – via TOD

    • 45 theo67
      April 9, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Sounds like you have your priorities right. 🙂

      • 46 99ts
        April 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        Grandbabes do that – never thought I’d be the doting grandmother – but I guess there are a few surprises left in my life 🙂
        enjoy the day Theo

  14. 47 utaustinliberal
    April 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Anyone have video of the Newtown families boarding and deplaning Air Force One. Saw a fast clip this morning but missed most of it.

  15. 48 amk for obama
    April 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I read that gopolitico pos poll piece today.

  16. 49 dotster3
    April 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I am dreaming of a huge gathering in D.C. chanting “We want a vote!”, a la the Ct. crowd yesterday. It seems it is going to take more than appealing to the sense and sensibilities of Repub members of Congress—-because almost all seem to be lacking in those areas. It may take a more forceful action.

    • 50 prettyfoot58
      April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

      I am soooo ready to do just that…a HUGE march…IN DC and in the districts of the those districts that dare to Filibuster ……..demanding that WE DESERVE A VOTE!

  17. 52 desertflower
    April 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Morning:)

  18. 53 Jovie
    April 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Isn’t McConell precious? On the same day POTUS is rallying the Troops on Gun control, McConell says he is blocking any and all legislation for gun control.
    His ancestor Daniel Boone would be proud of him! Meh…

    • 54 Lovepolitics2008
      April 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

      After all the games and tactics of the republicans in the past few years, I get the feeling that President Obama will find this one particularly disgusting and discouraging.

      My question: if universal background checks poll at 90% in the general population, and at 80% at least among republicans and independents, why don’t republicans in Congress want to vote for it ? What is their calculation ? Granted, they believe they have the republican base in their pocket, but the independents ? Are they assured independents won’t take gun issues into consideration in their vote ?

      One hypothesis I have is that republicans are confident they can make people so tired of inaction that they’ll vote the obstructionists in power just to change the dynamics. And then they, the republicans, will enact almost the same moderate reforms democrats are proposing now in immigration, gun control, etc, The republicans’ goal is to be the ones who get the rewards, instead of the democrats. Republicans don’t want to let the democratic party become the “SOLVING PROBLEMS PARTY”.

      Side note: Newton, like many white upper middle class communities, voted republican in 2012. Wanna bet this will change ?

  19. 55 dotster3
    April 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

    This is just unbelievable—-how the NRA has owned this country, has had its way, shut down all funding for research into gun violence. A must read.
    “When we care enough about children to do something, are we going to let a single lobby overrun what the vast majority of people want?”

  20. 56 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    I’m going to post this every single day until we get a vote on sensible gun control.

    Please take a moment and read the Sandy Hook Promise and then take the pledge to do all YOU can to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again. http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/mission

    Call to Action Monday

    Please contact your Senators and local Congress Person and ask them to support common sense gun control measures.

    Email them the links to the CBS 60 minute segments by the Sandy Hook Promise Group.

    Also, let’s not let the Blue State Senate Republicans off the hook. Pound away at them today. Convince your family and friends to contact them as well.

    Kirk of Illinois
    Portman of Ohio
    Rubio of Florida
    Toomey of PA
    Ayotte of New Hampshire
    Grassley of Iowa
    Heller of Nevada
    Johnson of Wisconsin

    All of your contact information can he found here at WIW: http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/05/contact-congress-address-phone-twitter.html

    Please do it for our kids…No effort is ever a wasted effort!

  21. 62 amk for obama
    April 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Miguel Diaz-Canel: The man tipped to lead Cuba

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22066591

  22. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    April 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

    please consider adding members of the Congressional Black Caucus to the list of those we contanct- they need to lead on this given the amount of damage gun violence has wrecked on the community.

  23. 65 amk for obama
    April 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    https://twitter.com/Nurse4Ever777/status/321612651895615489

    America or for that any global citizen always wanted but never got it.

  24. 66 desertflower
    April 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Turtle is really a pig. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/mitch-mcconnell-ashley-judd-secret-tape-senate

    On February 2, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the US Senate, opened up his 2014 reelection campaign headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, and in front of several dozen supporters vowed to “point out” the weaknesses of any opponent fielded by the Democrats. “They want to fight? We’re ready,” he declared. McConnell was serious: Later that day, he was huddling with aides in a private meeting to discuss how to attack his possible Democratic foes, including actor/activist Ashley Judd, who was then contemplating challenging the minority leader. During this strategy session—a recording of which was obtained by Mother Jones—McConnell and his aides considered assaulting Judd for her past struggles with depression and for her religious views.

    • April 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Good morning desertflower. I can’t reconcile why it makes sense to people to vote for candidates who hate government. And why do they need so much money to campaign? As much as they are on vacation, claiming they’re interacting with their constituents, they should be on a first name basis with each and every one of them.

      • 68 desertflower
        April 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

        Good morning to YOU, FayPax:) Well…I think that these constituents have been snowed by these radical RWNJ’s…into thinking that they are voting for this idea of individual liberty and freedom business…the ironic thing is, that they have no such thing when they vote for these nutjobs…exactly the opposite is actually true. Some of them falsely believe that THESE Republicans are the same as the older Republicans that they remember from their youth…..Barry Goldwater is literally SPINNING in his grave right now. They have no interest in working for the people of their states…they have an interest in working for the CORPORATIONS/ BIG BUSINESS in their states…that’s where all the money comes from! Kentucky is full of really rich folks, and really, really poor folks. Who do you think can fill their coffers? Certainly not the poor guy in rural Kentucky…..they are non issues. It’s not just KY, either. They ALL live for money and power. Never for the people. Time for this jackass to go.

    • 69 cookemom
      April 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

      McConnell has asked the FBI to investigate, since his state is one of ‘one person consent’. That means any parties to a conversation must be made aware of any recordings, unless the person doing the recording, is a party to the conversation. Mother Jones has the recording but will not comment on any of the investigation other than to say that Mother Jones received a copy of the recorded conversation. They also gave Mitch McConnell a heads up that they were going to publish it.

    • April 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Are you old enough to remember Nixon? This guy has got to go.

  25. April 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Jovie mentioned the difficulty of implementing Obamacare. I recently heard a discussion about Concierge Medicine. The opinion was that this is a way physicians are thumbing their nose at the ACA. At any rate, I think it can also have an impact on implementing Obamacare.

    Here is a 2012 article that explains what Concierge Medicine is about:

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    “Annual retainer fee buys patients more time with their doctors”

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/29/local/la-me-concierge-medicine-20120729

    The model is simple: Doctors charge their patients an annual fee and in turn, give them more time and attention.
    Rising costs and shrinking insurance reimbursements have prompted doctors to search for innovative ways to keep their solo practices afloat. Concierge medicine, practiced by more than 5,000 physicians nationwide, provides them with extra income and allows them to limit their patient rolls.

    … a physician in Beverly Hills, recently made the decision to switch from traditional private practice to concierge medicine. He hopes to reduce his patient load from 2,000 to about 400.

    Critics say it fosters two-tiered medicine, where patients who cannot afford the extra fees are cut off from their doctors. And if too many physicians make the shift, experts say it could exacerbate the existing shortage of primary care doctors — especially when millions more Americans qualify for insurance in 2014 under national health reform.

    The practices “raise ethical concerns that warrant careful attention, particularly if retainer practices become so widespread as to threaten access to care,” according to the American Medical Assn. guidelines on concierge medicine, also known as retainer or personalized medicine. The guidelines also say that the physicians shouldn’t abandon their patients.

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    Has anyone here been presented with this option from their physician?

    • 72 japa21
      April 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

      I am aware of this. Obviously, the annual fee is somewhat high. But more importantly, it says a lot about why these physicians entered the profession. It wasn’t about taking care of people, it was about being able to afford fancy homes and cars and such.

    • April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

      UGH. This is a disgusting and arrogant use of their power over patients. Appalling.

      • April 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

        400 of the wealthiest…..eventually with the rising cost of everything, hospitals, equipment, medicines, and these folks dying they are going to run out of healthy and wealthy patients. When these folks start getting higher and higher “retainer” fees they will drop these doctors like a hot potato.

        • April 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

          I don’t know…those wealthy patients probably like the feeling of elitism and they can afford it. The higher retainers would probably make them feel more exclusive, similar to their private schools, country clubs, gated communities, etc.

  26. 77 japa21
    April 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

    This tweet is in response to soemthing I heard on the radio this morning. Some people were talking about the NYT survey which showed how little people knew about our gun alws, such as thinking there is a national registry, not knowing people on terrorist watch list are allowed to buy guns, etc. They were talking about how PBO has done a terrible job of messaging. Well:

    • April 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Maybe it’s me, but I always thought it the job of the media to keep the public abreast of necessary information; not to mention that citizens have some responsibility to ferret out answers for themselves. They do a half-assed job of imparting information. I read a story the other day about Chris Christie that highlighted the fact that he had restored some of the money he cut from education, as if he should be applauded. The story didn’t bother to tell that he did so by court order. He had cut education so much, a judge found it unconstitutional.

      • 79 japa21
        April 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

        I guarantee you, if that was about a democrat, it would have been explained in full. Headline would have been “Gov X ordered by court to restore cut funds”

        • April 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

          In fairness Japa, they had told the story about Christie’s run-in with the judge. It was two lines in the last paragraph of an article on page 17a. You’re so right. Were he a Democrat it would have been front page news.

    • 81 Lovepolitics2008
      April 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

      What is implied with the meme “PBO has done a terrible job of messaging” is that it is the sole responsibility of the President to inform the population. Nonsense. You just can’t inform the population solely with some interviews from time to time, a blog, and some speeches that are not even covered in full in the national media. The media is the institution supposed to give good information to the people. That the american media is FAILING at its job is an understatement.

      I’m absolutely convinced that the sorry state of the media in America is the ROOT of many problems. An uninformed population is easy to fool , and may vote against its interests.

      There are always all sorts of factors in elections, in how people vote. Tradition, emotion, etc. But it seems to me that more than in many other western countries, there is a profound disconnect between the policies people want and the politicians they vote for. That’s not normal.

  27. 82 Ladyhawke
    April 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: “THEY WERE EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE.”

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    The Last Word

    For the second time since the Newtown massacre, President Obama visited Connecticut and called on congress to vote on gun control legislation. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Krystal Ball and Ari Melber discuss what it will take for congress to vote on gun legislation.

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    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45755883/#51474324

  28. 85 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Senator Tim Kaine’s op-ed on gun control

    “Let Senate vote on gun measures”

    Nearly four months after the horrific Newtown shootings, the Senate is poised to do something that hasn’t been done for a long time in Congress – actually have a meaningful floor debate on reducing gun violence. Some senators and lobbyists are trying to make sure that no vote can take place. This should outrage the strong majority of American citizens who believe in reasonable gun rules to protect public safety.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and 11 other senators have promised to filibuster any discussion of gun safety rules. Instead of just voting against restrictions they don’t like, they are trying to block any vote whatsoever. Their plan inspired Sen. John McCain to say the following: “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand. What are we afraid of?”

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/04/let-senate-vote-gun-measures

    • 86 nathkatun7
      April 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Donna for sharing Tim Kaine’s excellent op-ed! I think there is momentum that will overwhelm the filibusters. The vast majority of Americans want to see meaningful gun safety laws enacted by Congress. I am lucky that my two Senators and my Congressional Rep. are all on board. But I am calling and sending e-mails to the Republican senators in the states President Obama won. Obviously the most effective voice to pressure these Republicans in blue states has to come from their constituents.

  29. 87 japa21
    April 9, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I see twitter and WP are having their daily spat. Would somebody please recommend a relationship counselor for those two?

  30. April 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I want to thank everyone for all the well wishes yesterday. Your kindness and generosity came through in spades. I don’t know how to thank everyone individually, so I will figure something out to show you my appreciation. Once again thanks, it really meant a lot.

  31. 95 japa21
    April 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

  32. 96 Ladyhawke
    April 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Yes, Sequestration Is Actually Bad

    by Jon Favreau

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    One month and 5 billion cable hits on White House tours later, a flurry of great reporting is allowing us to answer for ourselves the question of whether President Obama has “cried wolf.” If we want, we can ask the Americans who are losing their jobs at military bases in Tennessee, Illinois, and Virginia. We can ask the health-care employees facing layoffs in New York, or the contractors in Oklahoma, or the teachers in Iowa, or the workers cleaning up nuclear waste in Washington. We can ask the children in Ohio and Pennsylvania who will no longer receive the early education that Head Start provides. We can ask the scientists and researchers at Duke and the University of Florida who must end their pursuit of discoveries that could change or save lives. We can ask the hungry families in Utah who can no longer rely on the local food pantry, the disabled tenants in California who will lose their housing vouchers, the elderly cancer patients in South Carolina who are being denied their chemotherapy treatment, or the 39-year-old Army veteran in Maryland who believes the only way to survive his pay cut is with another combat deployment.
    .
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    Washington may continue to treat sequestration as a boring nuisance, a Twitter punchline, or one more indicator of short-term political fortune. But gradually, painfully, it is making very real the centuries-old debate about the proper role of government in our society—a debate whose outcome will not only define 2014 and 2016, but generations to come.

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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/08/yes-sequestration-is-actually-bad.html

  33. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I’m not sure if the entire conversation will show up but this is another reason why our media is useless. This guy is the White House reporter for CQ Roll Call. Sigh!!!!!!!!!!

    • 98 donna dem 4 obama
      April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

      This is the first exchange that set me off….

      • 99 4morefor44
        April 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

        that’s the same guy who over the weekend argued with favreau, pfeiffer, etc. on twitter about a line president obama used that this “reporter” liked. the young guns were setting him straight that it was president obama who did and usually does write his own stuff, but this “reporter” would not accept that. he kept insisting that president obama couldn’t do that and that president obama needed these kids to come up with lines for him. this steven dennis guy is one weird dude (and hey look, another one with 2 first names…chuck todd, ed henry, etc.)

      • 100 nathkatun7
        April 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        This guy Dennis is typical of the media. Instead of informing the public he has to insert snide remarks to devalue what the President said. This is an example of why I really believe that those on our side who were preoccupied with messaging failed to take into account the media’s deliberate practice of finding something negative to say about President Obama’s message.

    • April 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Here’s what I don’t understand about the filibuster. The Senate makes their own rules. Harry Reid and McConnell had a gentleman’s agreement which McConnell promptly broke. Why can’t Reid just ignore the filibuster and put the bill up for a vote anyway. These stupid observations are rules, not laws. The Republicans don’t honor them, so let’s all go nuts. What would happen?

      • April 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

        My comments seem to have a mind of their own. This wasn’t meant to be a reply, but a question.

      • April 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

        How does he get past the cloture vote?

        • April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

          Obviously, I don’t know parliamentary procedure, but I thought cloture is required to end debate. There will be none if they filibuster. Meta, I have no idea what I’m talking about, I just want Harry Reid to do something, even if it’s crazy. 🙂

      • 105 donna dem 4 obama
        April 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Nothing! They will whine and cry and threaten to hold up every appointment which they are already doing. I’m very disappointed in Reid regarding the filibuster. The Repubs don’t know the meaning of the word “agreement”. Let the chips fall where they may and get stuff done!!!!!!!!!

      • 107 anniebella
        April 9, 2013 at 10:58 am

        Sen. Reid should have never trusted Mitch McConnell, He knows you can’t trust snakes.

      • 108 jackiegrumbacher
        April 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        He can do that FayPax. In fact, any D can call a point of order and pull the nuclear option that will stop this nonsense. The question is: Why don’t they?

    • April 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

      He “spoke from the heart” – ya think?

  34. 110 Ladyhawke
    April 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    IT’S COME TO THIS ……

    The name that should not be spoken

    By Steve Benen

    ————————————————

    And so the question is, how deliberate was the omission? We know Republicans are admittedly worried about their brand and the perception that they’re not “cool,” which is no doubt one of the reasons the NRCC decided to emulate BuzzFeed in the first place. So how concerned were party leaders that casual visitors might be turned off if they saw the word “Republican”? Is part of the rebranding effort a conscious effort to start avoiding the party’s name on purpose?

    ————————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/09/17670501-the-name-that-should-not-be-spoken?lite

  35. April 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

    While in my car yesterday, I briefly listened to Ed and guest lamenting about the President including Chained CPI in his budget proposal. They discounted the protections built in for low-income and the very elderly. Their refrain was that it should even be on the table.

    I thought to myself, yes, that’s true. It probably shouldn’t be on the table. But President Obama is operating on reality. I think about – and I’m sure the President considers – all those times in the first term when he didn’t get the backing of people in his own party. How Democrats were disassociating themselves from the achievements of his first term, such as the ACA. How often he was literally thrown under the bus. The people who want the President to be stubborn on progressive issues are the first ones to go into histrionics for the smallest of perceived glitches. We talk about the obstructionism of the GOP, but if we are honest with ourselves, the passiveness and wishy-washiness of the Democrats are just as obstructive.

    So the reality is the President cannot be certain to what degree the Democrats will stand behind him. The reality is we have a dysfunctional congress. The reality is that this country has economic ills that have been and continue to be exacerbated by the antics of this Congress. The reality is that something must be done and the country is looking to the President for relief. The reality is that compromise is necessary and compromise entails sacrifice on both sides. So given these and other realities, yes, Chained CPI is on the table even if we think it shouldn’t be. And true to form, the histrionics have begun.

  36. 112 desertflower
    April 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Because sequestration is needed? Because we can’t afford infrastructure fixing?? WTF!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/us/ex-regulator-says-nuclear-reactors-in-united-states-are-flawed.html?_r=0

  37. 113 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

    And here’s an example of what cookemom was talking about: The constant pressure on Dems from conservative states while routinely giving GOP in progressive states a pass is not serving this country well.

    • 114 cookemom
      April 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Oh yes, and Landrieu is probably the most at risk Sen that the Dems have for keeping that seat in our column. I’m with Capehart, leave her alone. Let her just fade into the woodwork if she has to. No matter which way she comes down on any issue between now and her election, it will be problematic for her.

      Think Blanche Lincoln, the blue dog Dem from Arkansas, who just wouldn’t vote with Dems 100% of the time. Guess what? She’s still not voting with the Dems 100% of the time, neither is her Repub replacement. She was primaried right off the national ballot, by a much more liberal Dem. Needless to say, the Pubs wiped the floor with him.

  38. April 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

    When is someone going to say that the resistance to pass legislation that is approved by such a high percentage of the public has nothing to do with the NRA or the Second Amendment? It’s about one thing only…stopping President Obama.

    • 116 Vicki
      April 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Not to mention the billions of $$$$ the gun manufacturers refuse to endanger. The weapons profiteers are the real power stopping legislation.

  39. April 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Goooood Mooooorning all my O peeps! A rainy here, but yet another great getting up day in TODville! Harry Reid is on the floor of the Senate as he contemplates bringing the gun control issue to the floor. Remember, under the new Senate rules, the 13 Pubs who say they will filibuster have to take the floor and speak out against it. Then Harry can still put it up for the vote when they’re done.

    The Pubs are taking a gamble on this gun control issue, unlike the LBGT marriage rights issue. They think that pro-gun folks will not be motivated enough to go to the polls and vote this issue, while 2nd amendment rights folks will be driven to the polls on this single issue. In other words, the risk to losing a repub seat over this issue is unlikely, as opposed to a Dem losing a seat over it. Let’s make sure we prove them wrong.

    • 118 99ts
      April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Hello cookemom – could you send that rain my way. With much excitement today – the 5th – 5th tradesman to check out our roof thinks he found the leak – and we think he is right – but now – after 3 months of rain – it has stopped – and standing on the roof with a hose will not test the solution – so we need your rain.

      Given your optimism – it should reach here shortly. Have a great day.

      • 119 cookemom
        April 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

        Been there, done that, with the roof thing. We never did find the leak. I checked the forecast daily to make sure I had moved the furniture out of the way and put pots under the leaking spot where the water was pouring in. Finally when I’d had enough, I had the whole #@%$@#$ roof replaced! Torn off to the studs, new plywood base and shingles. Now, I welcome the rain, but I still have a gigantic hole in my bedroom ceiling. I haven’t gotten around to fixing that yet. I’m just going to do a complete room remodel.

        • 120 99ts
          April 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

          We’re getting the total roof repaired – also, too – but it’s taking forever to get it done – be nice to go out when its raining without moving everything in the kitchen “in case it rains”. We also want to get the ceilings fixed – have one of those gigantic holes in the family room (the guys who came to “make safe” the roof did that one) – but until the @#%& roof stops leaking – no point to fixing.

  40. 121 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Here is another example of our feckless MSM making everything about PBO…

    • 122 amk for obama
      April 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

      My tweet to him earlier.

    • 124 nathkatun7
      April 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Great tweet, hopefruit! This so called journalist thinks that fighting for the safety of the innocent people, and especially innocent children is just another political game. I bet you Steven Dennis would be singing a different tune if he had lost a child or relative to senseless gun violence. Something is terribly wrong with journalism schools which are producing these imbeciles.

  41. 125 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Whoa…I wasn’t aware that Senator Reid lost his father to gun-related suicide. Puts things in perspective now….

  42. 129 Linda
    April 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    CBS News called out 14 Republican senators on Tuesday for declining requests to be interviewed about their proposed filibuster of an upcoming gun control bill.

    The senators—including minority leader Mitch McConnell—are part of an effort, led by Kentucky’s Rand Paul, to block any potential expansion of gun laws in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. On Tuesday’s “CBS This Morning,” congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reported on the lobbying being done by families of some of the Newtown victims. She then said that none of the potential filibustering senators had agreed to an interview.

    “We asked all 14 Republican senators for an interview about their filibuster threat, but none of them were available,” Cordes said.

    The show did talk to Republican Jonny Isakson, who said he did not think a filibuster was appropriate.

    It is not the first time a news outlet has publicly said it could not secure interviews with opponents of gun control. In December, NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” both went public with their failed attempts to get gun-rights backers on their shows.

    • 130 cookemom
      April 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

      They’re happy to let the NRA speak for them. They are allowed to take cover and not be held accountable. The MSM should call them out, but then not talk to any Pubs but the ones who won’t speak for themselves. They should also never, ever, ever give Wayne LaPierre any airtime at all. Not one nano-second should be given to him. He is an unelected mouthpiece of a supposed not for profit organization. Why is he and the NRA even given a platform? This should be between the two political parties, period.

      The MSM is quick to point out how few of their own members are for gun control. They tell us how few people actually belong to the NRA comparable to the number of voters over all. They make sure we know that the money they spent backing or rejecting people in the last election proved to be a big failure. Yet, they will loop LaPierre’s crazy talk everytime he opens his mouth. smh

  43. April 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Good morning, TOD. Have been lurking as much as possible. Husband and I are in Myrtle Beach on a short “get-away.” Beautiful weather and having a good time. Someone posted a link about concierge medicine. Want to share this…….

    Our very good friends in northern VA (pretty much “loaded” w/money) ……their doctor (of many, many years) has gone to concierge medicine. When my friend talks about it, it’s like she is bragging and so proud of her doctor and also so pleased that they can afford it. She’s only talked about it a couple times w/me and to this point in time, I have listened and made no comment. Next time she brings it up, I will NOT be silent. ENOUGH of the greed and selfishness w/no thought to others. Yes, she professes to be a Christian who cares about other people. Right??!!
    I already have my questions and comments ready. The last time she talked about it, when I hung up I felt ‘dirty.’ So sad. I just don’t get any of these people. 😦

    • 132 Bill
      April 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I often question how MD’s such as father and son Paul, Coburn, Barrasso and many Republicans in the House give up their medical training to work in the government which they hate.

      • April 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

        Excellent point, Bill. Sadly, we know the answer: power and greed.

      • 134 Linda
        April 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

        I looked up one named Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD.-R Louisiana once on the State’s professional license data base during the ACA debate.

        He had 5 malpractice lawsuits and had lost every one of them. I bet he could no longer get Insurance.

  44. 136 JER
    April 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

  45. 137 lamh36
    April 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hmm, so Rubio jumping on the Bey & Jay Cuba trip bandwagon.
    Wow. Rubio doesn’t want this fight. JayZ and Beyonce fans are hardcore as Bieber fans. If Rubio thinks this is a GOP version of the Sista Soldja moment, he’s badly mistaken.

    Also, yes, JayZ is a “rehabilitated” rapper, but there is a reason he’s still on top an this couple has the money and power within not just the youth community, but with young Hispanics that if they chose to make a “beef” out of it would make Rubios life hell.

    Just sayin’. In what universe is this a fight the GOP wants to have right now during their “re-branding”?

    Or is this just a Florida Republican thing?

    Plus, I get hat Rubio wants to be outgrown and keep his profile outgoing, but how does it make him seem serious to join with 2 non serious pols from Florida. Def not the way to win the youth vote.

    • 138 Linda
      April 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I don’t recall any complaining from anyone in Congress when Dennis Rodman went to Communist North Korea and embarrassed our country.

      • 139 99ts
        April 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Ain’t that the truth – and he seems to have catapulted North Korea into claiming they can attack the world. There is no fool like a right wing fool who thinks he knows it all.

  46. April 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Aw!

  47. April 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Moving:

  48. 146 Allison
    April 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

  49. 147 Linda
    April 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Secret Tape: McConnell and Aides Weighed Using Judd’s Mental Health and Religion as Political Ammo

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/mitch-mcconnell-ashley-judd-secret-tape-senate

    • 148 MightyPamela
      April 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Good Morning everyone. I am thinking it is time for Mother Jones to be taking a good long look at this muvva’s military record…. we have reason to believe there is some shabby shabby history there. He has a lot of nerve being a Senator…. I hope his bid for re-election fails miserably. There – I said it. And good morning again, I’ll be in and out …. keeping in touch…! 🙂

  50. 149 cookemom
    April 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

    PBO declares today is National Equal Pay Day. It how far into the year a woman works before they make as much as men. Study found that less than 1 in 5 women will ask for promotion. Only 23% of women have ever asked for a raise. When asked, 91% described a job as security and felt that having the job is the security they need. Also found was that 72% of women make 50%-100% of the household money. Only 17% of working women have asked for a meeting with boss, and 17% felt they aren’t good at selling themselves on the job. Less than 30% asked for training. Then again, 89% of women equates success with having flexibility and work balance. Therefore, the study may not be capturing those women who may not want the corner office. So, it’s wear red today in honor of Nat’l Equal Pay Day. Read more at iVillage web site.

    I don’t know, but talking to #2 and her twenty something, ‘millennium’ female friends, they strike me as being full of drive and full steam ahead. I think that generation, came up being told they are winners, they had the helicopter parents protecting them from failure, and a sense of entitlement from the ‘everybody gets a trophy’ philosophy. So good or bad, these ladies are not shy and go for what they want. I’d like to see results from a survey in the next 5 years on this topic.

  51. 150 utaustinliberal
    April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Mavis Satples, Ben Harper, Justin Timberlake etc LIVE with FLOTUS now.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  52. 155 Linda
    April 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

    ‏@donnabrazile

    Senator Rand Paul’s Play to Win Over Black Voters at Howard University . Thank you Sen Paul. Outreach is a good thing.

    Is she serious ?

    • 156 dotster3
      April 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Yowza—some people are easily tricked.

    • 157 anniebella
      April 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Rand Paul won’t fool anyone, he is another snake that can’t be trusted.

    • 158 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Going to be a banner week for Howard, Cornbread West will be speaking on Sunday. All they need now is Uncle Clarence for the trifecta…

    • 161 donna dem 4 obama
      April 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

      I don’t have a problem with outreach. It’s not the outreach that’s the problem, its their message of “your on your own” and government is the enemy that will never win over minorities in this country. We aren’t looking for a handout but we sure do appreciate a hand-up.

    • 162 cookemom
      April 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

      O pleeeze! Howard? They all but laughed Micheal Steele off the stage when he went there to try to ‘hood’ up the Pub party. Those are some of our brightest future and they can spot a fool a mile away. Of course I’m biased, but those young students are an amazing group of folks.

  53. 163 anniebella
    April 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    FLOTUS looks lovely in that yellow. She really had me smiling when she mention that someone who her husband think he sounds like, Rev. Al Green.

  54. 164 japa21
    April 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

  55. 165 japa21
    April 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

  56. 166 utaustinliberal
    April 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

    This event at the white house is freaking fantastic.

  57. April 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    All I can say is TONIGHT is going to be crazy COOL if this WH Memphis music workshop is any indication!!

  58. 169 amk for obama
    April 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    • April 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Hi amk, I see it’s a beautiful 82 degrees in Mumbai. I don’t where you are in India, but that sounds nice. We have received a foot of snow overnight, but sparred the high winds. It’s very white here. As I post this it shows it’s also about 10:30 pm. So it’s probably G’Night. Tweets don’t seem to be showing right these days on WP. But here goes:

  59. 171 anniebella
    April 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I am really enjoying this Soulville,USA, The History of Memphis Soul Workshop this morning.

  60. 172 dotster3
    April 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

  61. 173 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

    True Confessions:

    I am a big Justin Timberlake fan 😳

    • 174 donna dem 4 obama
      April 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

    • 175 cookemom
      April 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I like him too donna, but I didn’t have a choice. In a house full of girls, we were boy band bombarded. Now the granddaughter has us all One Direction crazy. I must say Justin grew up mighty fine.

      • 176 anniebella
        April 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        I like them all because they all have put out good music, specially the Staples Family and Sam and Dave.

  62. 177 japa21
    April 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Really good column about states not expanding Medicaid.

    “In Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, there’s little chance that Medicaid will be expanded, yet there are no alternative solutions proffered by opponents. The politicians in opposition seem content to allow hospitals to fail and people to suffer and die. Some do this in the name of freedom, others fiscal prudence, yet the result is the same in both cases…
    I’m pretty sure “freedom” to a single mother with kids suffering from asthma and diabetes means freedom from worry, from the gnawing fear that she’ll have to quit her job because she earns too much to qualify for Medicaid in Texas/Louisiana/Florida. But it’s either that, or go bankrupt when her kids need care.”
    http://www.joepaduda.com/2013/04/if/#comments

    • 178 HZ
      April 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Good Morning Chips and my TOD Family. I am doing better today. Lots of work to do in calling Senators for the Gun Violence Bill. HZ

  63. 179 dotster3
    April 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    This is great—Bloomberg’s group to give members of Congress a grade on their efforts to reduce gun violence—-

    • 180 Vicki
      April 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Bloomberg’s efforts will not hurt.
      But when your enemy is the Billions of Dollars weapons industry, I don’t think a grading system will have any impact except to put Bloomberg’s name in the news for one more of his lame duck days.

  64. 181 Jewelz
    April 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I found this little gem on YouTube while surfing. I don’t know if it’s been posted before, but I wanted you guys to view it. It ‘s a really good interview featuring Jon Favreau (president Obama former speech writer) that was conducted at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He talked about some of the most important speeches that the president made during and before his presidency. He gave some behind the scenes stories on some of the speeches and also spoke fondly of his time working for the president. It’s a really thought provoking interview followed by a good Q&A. Surprisingly David Gergen behaved himself and allowed Jon to answer every questions thoroughly without showing some of the biases that he sometimes displayed on CNN when it comes to PBO.

  65. April 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    #WeDemandAVote

  66. 183 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Without a doubt one of the absolute best Governors in the Nation!

    This man knows how to create economic growth. The Administration could use him and my state (Maryland) as a model for the country.

    • 184 Lovepolitics2008
      April 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      I love him too, donna. But let’s not forget that he has the legislature behind him. Some excellent democratic governors have the same knowledge on how to create economic growth but they don’t have the cooperative legislature that Governor O’Malley has. Place Governor O’Malley in another state and give him an obstructionist legislature and he would struggle to enact change and wouldn’t be considered as “one of the best governors in the Nation”. He is indeed fantastic but he can be progressive, he can be effective, because of the favorable political environment.

      On another level, President Obama is every bit as progressive as Mr. O’Malley in my opinion. Place Mr. O’Malley in the Oval, and give him the same obstructionist Congress (blue dogs included) that the president is dealing with, and Mr. O’Malley would face the same difficulties.

      I know that you respect and love President Obama very much and are very well aware of the situation in Congress. Maybe I’m oversensitive but I think we should ALWAYS emphasize that the KEY , on the state level and on the national level, is to have a PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH.

      President Obama KNOWS AS MUCH AS Governor O’Malley about what’s needed. Instead of saying “the administration could use” ‘ I’d prefer to say that the administration WANTS, DREAMS of enacting progressive policies all over the country. And what’s happening in Maryland is the proof that progressive economics works. Subtle difference in wording maybe but what can I say, nuance may be important…

      So as far as Maryland goes, the meme should be that Maryland is the perfect illustration of how good things are when the center-left controls both the executive and legislative branches of government. And that having a great, honest, intelligent, “could be president” governor is just the icing on the cake !

    • 185 nathkatun7
      April 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Donna, I am from California but I agree that you have the best governor in the nation.

  67. 186 Jovie
    April 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Omg!

    By DONOVAN SLACK | 4/9/13 11:51 AM EDT
    The National Organization for Women is not happy with President Obama.

    The group planned to protest in front of the White House and issued a scathing statement Tuesday calling on Congress to reject changes to Social Security in the president’s budget.

    “Do not follow President Obama in cheating the women of this country. After facing years of wage discrimination, women cannot afford to be swindled yet again when it comes to their Social Security,” the group said.

    Obama plans to include a change to the way benefits are calculated with so-called chained CPI, a move NOW calls “eitehr a highly cynical move to bargain with right-wing legislators or a willfully misguided move to undermine our Social Security system.”

    “The president and the Democratic leadership in Congress may think most voters aren’t bright enough to figure out what’s going on, but they’re flat-out wrong. Voters who helped elect these leaders are now feeling betrayed, as they see supposedly progressive politicians turn their backs on the most vulnerable among us,” the group says.

    NOW says the change would disproportionately affect women, who already are struggling to earn as much as men for the same jobs. On average they earn 77 cents to the dollar men earn with African American women earning 70 cents and Latinos 60 cents.

    “Let’s face it: Instituting the chained CPI is like tripping someone at the end of a race after forcing them to run on the outside lane the whole way. Can this be the same president who proudly signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act back in January of 2009?”

    WTF? Really?

  68. April 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    HellooooOOOOOOOoooooo again, I have returned. Yikes, long thread, you chatty chatters. Okay, gimme a few (ish) minutes, will post another one.

  69. 199 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    The PUMAs from the National Organization of Women (NOW) should know that voters are in fact bright enough. That’s why PBO got elected twice.

    How Obama is Vastly Expanding the Social Safety Net

    //Since late last week, we have been fed a steady diet of grandma on catfood and the eeeebil Obama that is trying to make that happen. As usual, focusing on the method of inflation adjustment (that isn’t simply applicable to Social Security but all of government), our venerable Leftist talking heads are missing the forest for the trees. Well, more like they’re missing the forest for the branches. While people are howling at a revised method of calculating inflation, they are completely missing broader perspective on how this president is devising a more expansive social safety net.

    So let’s get some perspective. This president has expanded the social safety net in more broadly than anyone since the passage of Social Security – through health care reform, through expanding children’s health insurance, through student aid expansion and through Medicare reforms. Let’s talk about those. //

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/04/how-obama-is-vastly-expanding-social.html

    • 200 Jessica
      April 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      I’m 23 years old and I’m pretty sure I won’t have SS when I’m 66 so the fact that we can’t get anything done because of it pisses me off a little bit.

  70. 201 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Axe is putting out his memoir 🙂

  71. 202 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Nice history lesson on Soul music!!

  72. 203 Linda
    April 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    ‏@samsteinhp

    Reid seemingly has the votes needed to clear the first procedural hurdle on gun control legislation.

    Anyone know about this

  73. 208 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  74. 209 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm


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