Rise and Shine

A year ago: President Obama greets participants after a Land Titling event at the Plaza de San Pedro, Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



12:30 Jay Carney briefs the press

2:05: The President honors the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide

4:30: Participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony (Closed Press)



Greg Sargent: Over the weekend, Senator Susan Collins revealed that she will vote Yes on the expanded background check compromise reached by Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin. This is good news, but the case of Collins perfectly captures why it is almost impossible to get anything done in today’s Washington. With the possible exception of immigration, some on the right simply won’t allow moderate Republicans to embrace anything that constitutes even the narrowest of compromises with Obama and Democrats.

It turns out Collins has embraced expanded background checks in spite of the fact that she’s facing a relentless assault from the right back in her home state. As it happens, the “gun rights” group targeting her, which is well to the right of the NRA, has enjoyed fundraising help from none other than Collins’ Senate colleague Rand Paul.

More here



The Hill: A bipartisan bill on background checks is inching closer to the necessary 60 votes for passage, but it still has a long way to go.

The upcoming vote on a new proposal crafted by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is expected to go down to the wire….

There are now four Republicans who have publicly committed to supporting the amendment: Sens. Toomey, Mark Kirk (Ill.), Susan Collins (Maine) and John McCain (Ariz.).

…. To pass Manchin-Toomey, at least five Republicans must back it. Fifty-five senators caucus with the Democrats, but not all are sure bets to embrace the background check legislation.

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NYT: Deep divisions within both parties over a bipartisan measure to extend background checks for gun buyers are threatening its chances as the Senate this week begins debating the first broad gun control legislation in nearly 20 years.

In spite of a vote last Thursday in favor of debating new gun measures, some Democrats who are facing re-election next year in conservative states have already said they will not vote for the background check measure offered by Senators Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, forcing Democrats to look desperately across the aisle to fill the gaps.

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Washington Post: In anticipation of Senate votes this week on a proposed expansion of criminal background checks for firearms sales, one gun rights organization broke with the powerful National Rifle Association on Sunday to urge support for a compromise drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.).

The endorsement by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms — which calls itself the second-largest gun rights organization in the country, behind the NRA, claiming 650,000 members and supporters — is one of several moves over the past few days that have provided a boost to the hopes of proponents of background checks.

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Reuters: Staying out of the raging national debate over guns, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.

The court decided not to hear a challenge to a New York state law that requires those who want to carry a concealed handgun to show they have a special reason before they can get a license.

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USA Today: The White House is marking Monday’s Tax Day with another version of what it calls an online “Taxpayer Receipt,” designed to show how revenues are spent.

After entering numbers from your own returns, “the Taxpayer Receipt will give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care,” says the White House blog. “The online tool has been updated to reflect current spending.”

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Lawrence Summers (economic adviser to President Obama from 2009 through 2010): With the release of the president’s budget, Washington again has descended into partisan squabbling …. Pundits and politicians alike condemn “gridlock.” ….

…. The great mistake of the gridlock theorists is to suppose that progress comes from legislation, and that more legislation consistently represents more progress. While people think the nation is gripped by gridlock, consider what has happened in the past five years:

Washington moved faster to contain a systemic financial crisis than any country facing such an episode has done in the past generation …. At last, universal health care has been passed and is being implemented. Within a decade, it is likely that the United States no longer will be a net importer of fossil fuels. Financial regulation is not in a fully satisfactory place but has received its most substantial overhaul in 75 years. For the first time, most schools and teachers are being evaluated on objective metrics of performance. Same-sex marriage has become widely accepted….

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184 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 5 vitaminlover
    April 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Good Morning to all my fellow TOD’ers.

  2. 6 Allison
    April 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD Family!!

  3. April 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good Morning Chips, Don and Vitaminlover. So glad to see the new Rise and Shine.

  4. 8 99ts
    April 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I’ve got to work out how Chips time works – it seems a post coming – in just a while – can be 5 minutes or 3 hours away – is time different in the Northern part of the world?

  5. 12 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Brilliant !!!

  6. 16 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Don on #1! Happy Monday 🙂

  7. 18 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Amazing how one tiny batshit crazy org has bought the entire us congress critters.

  8. 19 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Benen piece.

  9. 20 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

  10. 21 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

  11. 23 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

    She is letting it rip against some professor, who thinks just because PBO is black doesn’t mean he can’t be criticized.

  12. 24 Jovie
    April 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

    WASHINGTON — Two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident in northern Japan, the United States government is using lessons from that disaster to rewrite its plans for responding to radiation contamination, focusing on long-term cleanup instead of emergency response. But the proposals have set off vehement opposition from critics of nuclear power.


  13. 25 Jovie
    April 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Your friend Chuck Todd keeps saying over and over how the senate may get something through on guns, but that it will die in the House.
    He says no incentive…
    No incentive???

    • 26 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Why do highly-paid elected officials need “incentives” to do the simple thing for the voters who put them in office? And why do media hacks like UpChuck Toad enable them?

  14. 27 Linda
    April 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

    There were 3 excellent programs on c-span yesterday showing PBO much love.


    House Armed Services Committee Chair Buck McKeon (R-CA) talked about the military budget, cost growth in programs like the Joint Strike Fighter, as well as the U.S. role in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He also discussed impending changes in Defense Department leadership and the national security team. ( He also had very high praise for Sec. Hagel )

    2013 Studentcam winner on Immigration.

    The Strangers: Illegal Immigration in America by Trevor Warren


    Q&A with Brian Lamb ( video not up yet, but it should be later )

    The United States Senate Youth Program was created by Senate Resolution in 1962. This is the 51st year of the program which has had over 5,100 participants. It is privately funded by the Hearst Foundations. The participants rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition, they must show outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service before they apply for the program. Once selected, delegates receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship, and their expenses for the week are underwritten by the Hearst Foundations.


    This one was very interesting because the partisan ranker we here on TV is pretty much false and media driven.

  15. 28 HZ
    April 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family. Be good to yourself and always place goodness into your space. Live sweeetly in that space today, and do not forget to also fill it with some of the great things that we have accomplished with POB and Will Continue to accomplish in the future.

    Speak what is gentle:
    Speak what is true:
    Speak what is kind:
    Speak what is filled with patience
    Speak what is peaceful,
    And always stand true to what you believe will help others to get on their feet to live a decent life as well.

    Have a beautiful day to all of my dear TOD Family. Do not worry about me. I have you, my sweet brother back in the country, my nieces and great nieces sending me sweet tweets and making sure I do not slip down any further.
    I am blessed indeed.
    ((((((((((( Let us send some loving thoughts towards the WH for our President and VP and their families and staff.)))))))))))))))HZ

    • 29 sherijr
      April 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

      You are also a Blessing HZ.. always so good to read your thoughtful & kind comments. Have a good day & take care of yourself~ you’re needed 😉

      • 30 HZ
        April 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        ((((((Lots of loving thanks sherijr.)))))) I am able to go downstairs and turn the heat on. Taking the chill off the house) Change the linen from the night; set a washer; back upstairs and was able to take a nice hot shower. Dressed for resting. Went down to turn heat off so not to allow germs to live in the heat of the house. It is raining a little here on the west coast today.

        Music, meditational prayers and my computer here on the otherside of my bed ,and phone on nightstand. The great Creator is watching over me and lovingly sending beautiful love through so many beautiful angels of goodness coming into my space. I trust for the best healing to my body during this time.

        We are going to be fine. We all need to take good care of each other because we have a lot of work to help Stephanie, Jim, and the team do what we have to do for 2014. Keep our body, minds, and spirits in tune for our work will need all hands on deck. I love you all and our president so very much. We are going to make it.HZ

        • 31 prettyfoot58
          April 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

          (((((((((HZ)))))))))))…Such Loving….precious words….i am so grateful to read them…they fill me with such promise and hope….thank you for more than you know…

    • 32 MightyPamela
      April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm


    • 33 57andfemale
      April 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      I’m going to need to recite the above over and over as I try to teach my 73 year old husband how to use a smartphone.

      I need all of your prayers.

  16. 34 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Derp season continues.

    • 35 Jovie
      April 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

      We knew that already!

    • April 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

      He really is something…..

    • 37 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Benghazi is a FAR more important matter than any stinkin’ gun bill!

      • April 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

        It’s his m.o. Go wherever he can find a microphone and rage about the lack of bipartisanship. Then when it actually happens he’s the first to runaway like the wind was chasing him.

        He’s a phony. Masquerading as Mr Consensus and all the while his voting record is as ideological as Rand Paul’s if not more so. But the mainstream media gives him carte blanche.

        • 39 jacquelineoboomer
          April 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

          He’ll do whatever it takes to get re-elected. Some of these congress critters would never be hired anywhere else … they count on fooling the voters to get dollars and power, because they’re pretty much unemployable. Nothin’ between the ears, dontcha know. Our goal in 2014 and beyond is to also make them unelectable.

    • 40 57andfemale
      April 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Let’s be clear about one thing, Miss Lindsey: even this swiss cheese of a gun reform bill will save more than 4 Americans.

  17. 41 Jovie
    April 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Senator Jeff Sessions may be one of the biggest liars in the Senate, everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt.

    • 42 Bill
      April 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Jovie, his full name is Jefferson Beauegard Sessions III.

      • 43 Don
        April 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

        With a name like that you just know this guy has sat on a few porches and reminisced about the good ole days.

        • April 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

          Ha, perfect – I had a similar thought!!

        • April 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

          Dollars to doughnuts things get a little confusing for him when trying to describe how those good old days were actually a feudal system that oppressed roughly 95% of the state population. It’s just that one demographic had no problem opposing their own best interest as long as the other demographic didn’t benefit.

  18. 46 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

  19. 47 Linda
    April 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is staying out of the gun debate for now.

    The justices on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a strict New York law that makes it difficult for residents to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

    The court did not comment in turning away an appeal from five state residents and the Second Amendment Foundation. Their lawsuit also drew support from the National Rifle Association and 20 states.

    The high court action comes amid an intensifying congressional debate on new gun control measures. The issue has resurfaced prominently in Washington in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults.

    Yippee !

  20. 49 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

  21. 50 Jovie
    April 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

    But but but the president wants to save money on privatizing TVA utility company, republicans say no, the President is pushing hard for immigration reform the Republicans in the house say no, the President wants to go to have a tenderloin Steak and a baked stuffed lobster, the republicans say no, the President wants to breath, the republicans say no…
    You know what? He should just audit all these Fools, that will show them. 🙂

    • 51 japa21
      April 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

      He should tell them not to drink anti-freeze. With their reflexive tendency to want to do whatever he tells them not to, our problems will be solved pretty quickly.

  22. April 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Where Every Member of Congress Stands On Guns:


  23. 53 Nena20409
    April 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    GM TODers.

    Hello Sun Shine.

    Great Post.

  24. April 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Michael Galvin left Twitter??


    Yikes, what happened? Used to really enjoy his tweets and links.

    • 56 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Who is he? I’m not familiar with him.

      • April 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

        Hiya Hopefruit, he was just a fella I followed on Twitter, a lifelong Dem and PBO supporter, used to tweet really good stuff. But he got tied up in all the Unite Blue wars so I’m guessing that’s what it’s about, maybe he had enough. I wasn’t on Twitter much the last few days so missed what happened. A pity, one of the good guys.

        • 58 hopefruit2
          April 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

          😦 Sometime Twitter has glitches in which someone’s account gets temporarily suspended for whatever reason. Let’s hope he’s not gone permanently.

          • April 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

            Hoping it’s a glitch too Hopefruit, but it does seems like he is gone, I keep getting that ‘Sorry, that page doesn’t exist’ message – I know that happens sometimes, but it usually comes right after a few refreshes. Fingers crossed he’ll reappear.

  25. 62 Jovie
    April 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I bet Old Man Sanders would love to get on tv to discuss how Republicans are sabotaging the whole system?
    But, the tv owners will only have him on if he goes after the President for the same thing.
    Only problem is, it’s not true…!

  26. April 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Summers article is interesting and well timed. Hope it can put out some fires.

    • April 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

      I thought so too vetivera24, just as you begin to despair of anything getting done because of GOP in Congress, it was a reminder of how much has been achieved.

  27. 65 LDS
    April 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Congratulations Don!
    You did it…..the Queen has spoken loud and clear. You are #1!

  28. April 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

  29. April 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a splendid day today. Congrats Don on being first this lovely Monday morning.

  30. 70 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Although he is kind of like a science project, because he’s one of the few (I’m more and more convinced) who has an actual functioning brain in Washington, D.C.

  31. April 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Good morning everyone, wonderful post Chips

  32. 74 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

  33. April 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    GM, Chips TOD….just dropping by on a break. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

  34. 82 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

  35. April 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Sickens me to recall all of that. Really sickens me to know we’re still working on some of the same racist attitudes and behavior – and then some.

  36. April 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

  37. 86 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

  38. 87 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    TAB (Take a break) joke

    Google is doing a tour of their offices for prospective hires out of University. At the end of the tour, they get to the advanced research lab and the guide proudly presents their latest innovation. A voice activated search with native language cognitive recognition and enhanced search heuristics.

    “Ask any question you like, and it will give you answer with 99.9% accuracy”

    Well there’s always one smart… aleck, this one in particular steps up to the microphone and asks, “Where is my father?”

    Immediately, computer replies, in only a slightly artificial voice, “Your father is fishing of the coast of Florida.”

    “Amazing, huh?” Says the tour guide. “It used the camera for facial recognition to identify you and then advanced heuristics to trace your family members, Google maps and GPS to locate your father and produce the result.”

    The smart-aleck grins, “My dad’s dead.” He says. “Died over ten years ago.”

    Well, the guide is a little flustered, but this isn’t the first smart-aleck they’ve had on the tour.

    “Obviously, this is still a prototype. Perhaps you could try asking the same question but in a different way?”

    So the smart-aleck steps up to the microphone again. “Where is the husband of my mother?”, he asks.

    “Dead, in a cemetery in Boston,” the computer says immediately. “But your father is still fishing of the coast of Florida.”

  39. 91 Don
    April 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Growing up in Miami Florida I had a front row seat in witnessing riots, the cocaine cowboys, and the influx of Cubans when Castro let whoever wanted to leave Cuba leave, I’ve seen the worst types of politics and politicians, I’ve pretty much seen it all. But Marco Rubio, this guy is even bad at being a bad politician.

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  41. April 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

  42. 96 Bill
    April 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Boner is sending Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as part of the official House delegation to the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. True story reported by AP.

  43. 105 Linda
    April 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

    A Republican senator who voted against beginning debate on a comprehensive measure to reduce gun violence on Thursday, demanded on Monday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) allow a vote on his amendment to improve mental health services.

    Appearing on Fox News, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said he would not support a bipartisan measure to expand background checks to gun shows and online purchases, but urged the Senate to consider his mental health amendment.

    I wish Reid would not allow any Amenments from ALL of the 31 that voted NO to move debate forward…

  44. 106 mtmarilyn
    April 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Good morning TOD family and our Ms Chips! Spring is kinda here in MT, in one day we have snow, sleet, rain, grapple, and sun. This week it won’t get above 45. Some flowers are out but the deer have eaten my tulips. Just hope my lilacs don’t freeze this year.

    Thanks to all the blog tyrants for the great posts this weekend. It was wonderful looking at all the pictures and relistening to all the video’s of PBO’s trips.

    My goal is to bug the office’s of my Senators and 1 congresscritter. Baucus I don’t know if there is any hope, Tester maybe and my congressman Daines will always be against any gun bill.

    Have been to many dinner parties this weekend and the gun bills were high on the list. Even though everyone had guns in the house, all were hunters, they all were for background check and limited magazines. We are here in liberal Missoula. The rest of the state is pretty crazy. I still have great hope that this time it will work. I really don’t think the Newtown parents will forget.

    Have a great day everyone.

  45. 107 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Feedback from a geeks blog on windows 8.

    It’s fit for only tablets. So beware.

    • April 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Windows is only fit for eeej….. no, no, I’m be(mac)have.

      • 109 amk for obama
        April 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        watch it. I may buy a mac and then start pointing out its craziness factors.

        • April 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

          Well, actually, it’s a bad time for me to hailing Macs …. my nephew’s MacBook Pro just died, and he only got it last summer 😦

          • 111 amk for obama
            April 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

            See? I warned ya.

            But srsly, I hear mac’s tech support is really good. Did he contact them ?

            • April 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

              I usually find them great, but when he contacted them a few days ago all they seemed to try to do was sell him some new super-fab-support-service thingie, which was annoying. So, angry Auntie (that’d be me) rang them today, and they were fine. He just has to leave it in to a place near him and they’ll fix it. I just hope he doesn’t have a big debt on it that would suggest he dropped it, in which case the repairs won’t be free. At that point I’ll kick his rear-end.

              • 113 amk for obama
                April 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

                aunt tyrant. Go get’em, tiger.

                (poor nephew though)

                • April 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

                  🙂 I’m getting nervous now, when I asked him if he did anything really daft like drop it, he kinda gulped, and then said “of course not!” His gulp made me gulp. If there’s a footprint on it that matches his shoe, he’s getting no birthday present this year!

        • 117 MightyPamela
          April 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

          Or not. There aren’t too many…. But then, I ought not speak, for in reality I am the most basic of computer users, and ‘get by’ on a modicum of skill. Still, over the years, I had much greater success and enjoyed the technology since becoming a all-apple user 4 years ago. The pc’s used to make me cry, Apple doesn’t. What better reason? 😳

    • April 15, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Hey amk, just saw your question about self-publishing.

      I keep going back and forth on whether or not to self-publish. Right now I’m on the side that at least for my first novel I should at least try to get in with a publisher, even if it’s a small house. But, really, I could go either way. The thing with self-publishing is that you’ll never get reviewed in any journal; then again, most books never get reviewed, so I’m not sure that’s a good reason to go with a publisher.

      • 119 amk for obama
        April 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        I don’t really know the mechanics of publishing through amazon kindle (how many hoops you’ve to jump and all that). But I am reading some great books by non-famous authors for free. But when the reviews start kicking in positively, I think Amazon starts to move them from free to paid version. I don’t know if the authors also get paid, when they do that.

        It was just an idea I thought you might consider.

        • 120 miss pat
          April 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

          It is not hard to publish on Amazon Kindle. I did and it was very easy. The key is to market your work and I am sure LL would be able to do that successfully and people here would help him do that.

    • 121 57andfemale
      April 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      So what do you do when all laptops now come with Windows 8? I need to get a new laptop this year. The tablet is just not cutting it except for simple stuff and I like to multi-task and do work.

      • 122 amk for obama
        April 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        Ask the vendor for a roll back to W7. In India, almost every vendor will do it for free to make the sale.

        Tablets are for kids. Literally.

        • 123 57andfemale
          April 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

          Thanks! I’m glad I didn’t invest in an expensive tablet. I thought my 73 year old husband would enjoy it, but he’s happier on a laptop (even with his limited abilities). Other than that, you are absolutely right: It’s for children. Windows 7 has been the most trouble-free OS for me and I’m perfectly happy with it.

      • April 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        may be before fully switching to W8, it is better to try it out first by using virtual ware. You can run two different operating systems at the same time by converting the windows 8 to an ISO file and load it through the virtual machine. But first you got to install virtual machine. As for the OS, if it is a x64 than get an x64 virtual machine, if it is a 32 bit, get a 32 bit virtual machine. Here is a link to virtual ware. below. You can check it out if you want to. http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

  46. April 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

  47. 128 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    • 129 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I was just about to post this. PREACH!

    • 130 amk for obama
      April 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm


    • 131 Nena20409
      April 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      That can Only continue to be factual, so long as the Public are ill informed, dumbed down and fed distorted, lies and propaganda…….the truth left out completely. Is there any wonder that 5 or 6 firms control what 315.9M people consume as news?

      When Americans are informed, they do make the right decisions.

  48. April 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

  49. April 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

    • 135 japa21
      April 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

      That is a delightful picture. Reminds me of the looks babies and toddlers give PBO.

      • 136 MightyPamela
        April 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

        Love the look on that child’s face in the top pic, the one who has run back to hug her daddy’s leg, presumably after meeting PBO, and she cannot take her eyes off him! The young lady currently greeting him, same pic, reflects the same, and what all children seem to sense and feel when they are near him, or in contact with him. Oh, how I wish I had a chance!

    • 137 dotster3
      April 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      very sweet

    • 138 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Oh my. What an endearing image! 🙂

    • 141 MightyPamela
      April 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Oh, how gorgeous!

    • 143 amk for obama
      April 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      japanese kids are really dolls.

    • 144 Nena20409
      April 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Kerry is a tall man, a bit odd for some, but a man with a Golden heart.

      Obrigado, Sos Kerry.

    • 145 Jessica
      April 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      I’m not being snarky, but why is the child on a leash?

      • April 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        You see lots of kids on leashes Jessica, just for their own safety so they won’t wander off or get lost in a crowd!

      • 147 MightyPamela
        April 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        Oh, yes, it’s quite normal and very reassuring at a certain age, just this little tyke’s age actually: see that gleam in his eyes? He is an adventurer, an explorer, more than likely to head off into the unknown without a backward glance! Also can sometimes be found lurking under the clothing racks in departments stores, after causing mother or dad tremendous stress while not responding to fervent pleas to come back! (I know from experience). The child does not suffer any longterm bad effects, and the short term effects are so much better for parents or caregivers! 🙂 😆

  50. April 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  51. 150 Vicki
    April 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Rubio??? No way.
    We have Julian Castro, Joachim Castro, Turn Texas Blue—-not to mention our other current Latino legislators such as Bob Menendez, Javier Becerra ,etc etc.

  52. 151 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Stop the presses! Folks this is an important matter. The country cannot move forward without this issue being resolved.

  53. 154 amk for obama
    April 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    An Egyptian court rules that ex-President Mubarak should no longer be held over the killings of protesters – but he will remain in custody on separate corruption charges.


  54. 155 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  55. 156 japa21
    April 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  56. 163 Linda
    April 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    He lost his Senate seat last year, but Richard Lugar will soon gain knighthood.

    The Indiana Republican will be given the honorary title of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on Tuesday, the Lugar Center announced.

    Sir Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador to the United States, will preside over the ceremony, which is being held at the British Embassy in Washington.

    Because he is not a royal subject, Lugar will not be given the title of “sir.”


    • 164 Bill
      April 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      John Templeton, the mutual fund magnate and Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion founder, gave up his US citizenship in order to use the title

  57. April 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Hi TODers,

    HI Chips. Waiting for the info you promised to send me.

    Have a blessed day

  58. 169 Ladyhawke
    April 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    GOP offers Obama a chained-CPI off-ramp

    By Steve Benen


    But over the course of just a few days, GOP lawmakers have called this policy — the one Republicans demanded — a “shocking attack on seniors,” a “draconian” policy, “the president’s plan.”

    It is, of course, painfully absurd for the right to criticize Obama for doing exactly what Republicans asked him to do, but therein lies the point: there’s nothing stopping the president from simply walking away from the idea if the GOP has suddenly discovered they dislike their own proposal.

    As I mentioned briefly last week, Obama, who doesn’t like chained-CPI anyway and realized his own party is furious, could credibly declare right now, “I thought Republicans wanted this policy. But if they consider this ‘a shocking attack on seniors,’ I’ll gladly drop the idea.”



    • April 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      As we knew they would, Lh!! 🙂


      • 171 Ladyhawke
        April 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        Thanks Bobfr. President Obama called their bluff on entitlements and is already reaping benefits. They have been practically incoherent on the issue since PBO’s budget was released. Message discipline went out the window because they couldn’t wait to try and turn the tables on President Obama. It blew up in their faces. Their hypocrisy on entitlements has been exposed for all to see. Even a few of the lazy media stenographers have been forced to report on GOP duplicity. There is no seriousness of purpose with this crowd. All we get are lies, distortions and doublespeak. They are morally bankrupt.

  59. 172 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Howard Dean is at it – again.

  60. 173 Ladyhawke
    April 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium ……

  61. 174 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    So Howard Dean is considering switching parties from DEM to Independent based on an unverified article from Business Week claiming that PBO is cutting SS just to get increase in defense spending.


  62. April 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Since I’m a mini-tyrant at TPV, I can see Spandan’s new piece as it takes shape. The title? “A Deaniac No More.”

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