Rise and Shine

President Obama reacts as Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon during the second White House Science Fair, February 7, 2012



12:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

1:35: President Obama views science fair projects, East Garden and State Dining Room

The President will host the White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010, fulfilling a commitment he made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”

2:25: Delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair



Steve Benen: The latest reports suggest Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still unable to speak, due to a gunshot wound to the neck, but he’s begun to respond to questions…. while everyone involved certainly hopes these discussions produce answers, they coincide with a growing political debate, spurred on by conservative Republicans, about Tsarnaev’s legal fate….

…. It’s worth emphasizing that [Sen. Lindsey] Graham, a longtime lawyer and a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, appears to be simply be making up legal standards as he goes along.

The Obama administration has already invoked the public-safety exception to the Miranda law, though Graham is arguing this isn’t enough …. he’s saying officials should look for al Qaeda connections for a month, in the hopes that evidence might justify the move retroactively. That Tsarnaev is an American citizen, captured on American soil, apparently doesn’t matter to Graham and his allies…..

Full post here





More on the ‘Reinhart-Rogoff debacle’, as Krugman calls it – this is astonishing:

BBC: This week, economists have been astonished to find that a famous academic paper often used to make the case for austerity cuts contains major errors. Another surprise is that the mistakes, by two eminent Harvard professors, were spotted by a student doing his homework…..

See here



Charles Pierce: In case you missed it over the weekend, Maureen Dowd came swanning around the op-ed pages of the New York Times again, swooping across the main parlor and sprawling across the staircases, and wondering why the president — or any president — just doesn’t come sweeping in and carry her off to the land where pleasure knows no boundaries and rapture no frontiers.

More here



NYT: Three years ago, Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and supporters of libertarian causes, held a seminar of like-minded, wealthy political donors at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colo. They laid out a three-pronged, 10-year strategy to shift the country toward a smaller government with less regulation and taxes.

The first two pieces of the strategy — educating grass-roots activists and influencing politics — were not surprising, given the money they have given to policy institutes and political action groups. But the third one was: media.

Other than financing a few fringe libertarian publications, the Kochs have mostly avoided media investments. Now, Koch Industries is exploring a bid to buy the Tribune Company’s eight regional newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant…..

More here – and more at ThinkProgress



Spare a thought for A.J. Clemente – his debut as an anchor on North Dakota NBC affiliate KFYR didn’t go all that smoothly: see Mediaite



MoooOOOOooooorning everyone. 83,725 gazillion thanks to UT and LL for their posts yesterday, without them we’d have had only one post with, oh, about 500 comments, which wouldn’t have been ideal. Work deadline-missing update: I was only about three hours late yesterday, so feeling intensely proud again 😎

I see a bunch of emails in my inbox that I haven’t replied to – will try to today-ish.

156 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 15 desertflower
    April 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

    MOrning! Good job, ison!!

  2. 18 isonprize
    April 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I hope that we all can ‘recover’ from last week. My thoughts, prayers and positive vibes to all who have suffered loss last week will find peace of some kind…

    • 20 desertflower
      April 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Let me put this up here so you won’t skip by this…..

      Also over the weekend, Caren Teves, whose son was killed in the Newtown slayings, showed reporters a hand-written note from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), saying he was “truly sorry” for her loss and that “strengthening background checks is something we agree on.” That Flake went on to help crush expanded background checks struck Teves as a betrayal.

      “What he did was to go against his own words and vote no against comprehensive background checks … I believe he’s a coward,” she said.

      For Flake and other Republicans, “strengthening background checks” is an amorphous phrase with multiple meanings.

      Meanwhile, it’s also worth keeping in mind that the pushback from the right against Newtown families is intensifying.

      We talked a week ago about complaints from Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Rush Limbaugh, and congressional GOP staffers about the victims’ families. Apparently, some conservatives were willing to go even further.

      A Minnesota radio host said he would like to tell the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims to “go to hell” for infringing on his gun rights.

      Jeff Flake…like he was “truly sorry” for his friend, Gabby Giffords, when she got shot in the head. Not sorry enough to DO anything about it, but gee…sure damn glad that it wasn’t him. He couldn’t even look her in the eyes when he saw her after his vote. Liar AND a coward!

      • April 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

        I’m hoping that the AZ press don’t let residents forget that Flake basically broke a “heartfelt” response to Caren Teves and betrayed his former colleague and friend, Gabby Giffords.

        His crowing that he’s got his 6-year term (so screw Arizona voters) is just about the most cynical thing I’ve heard from a Senator.

        Only Arizona voters will be able to change his mind to cast his vote to match the wishes of more than 80% of the U.S. populace.

        My local paper’s front page had this galling above-the-fold headline today:


        This is galling in so many ways, not the least of which is that CA CD26 (formerly CD24 before 2010 redistricting) comprises most of this paper’s readership, and voted FOR Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and elected first-term Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley last November.

        I’m praying that this area will stand up to those opposed to common-sense gun safety rules.

  3. 22 amk for obama
    April 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

    GM folks. GM Chips.

  4. 28 99ts
    April 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I was so understanding about the student and the economics professors. When I studied economics ( a long time ago) – the easiest way to get high grades was to agree with the professors – and do all the research to prove same. A student who decided to argue against the prof – had to be seriously brilliant to do well. We had a couple of them – they both went far.

    “Thomas Herndon ‘s view is that austerity policies are counter-productive” – He will do well – economists who stay away from the politics and study the theory are very much needed.

  5. April 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Good Monday Morning TODer’s. Hope the recuperation has begun from the events of last week and that we remember who we are as Americans; not just in times of crisis.

    I continue to depend on TODers to keep each other above the lunacy of the media by pointing out the misinformation and negativity being sprouted. TODer’s also highlighting and celebrating the positive and the accomplishments of our President and his administration.

    Thanks Chipsticks for the timeli-“ish” Rise and Shine. 🙂

  6. 31 Ladyhawke
    April 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    The Conservative Paranoid Mind

    There’s a common thread linking conservatives’ positions on gun control, immigration, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: the constant need to stoke fear.

    By Michael Tomasky.


    And with regard to terrorism, they need people to live in fear of the next attack because fear makes people think about death, and thinking about death makes people more likely to endorse tough-guy, law-and-order, Constitution-shredding actions undertaken on their behalf. This is how we lived under Bush and Cheney for years. This fear is basically what enabled the Iraq War to take place. Public opinion didn’t support that war at first. But once they got the public afraid with all that false talk of mushroom clouds, the needle zoomed past 50 percent, and it was bombs away.

    Conservatism, I fear (so to speak), can never be cleansed of this need to instill fear. Whether it’s of black people or of street thugs or of immigrants or of terrorists or of jackbooted government agents, it’s how the conservative mind works. I don’t even think it’s always cynical and manipulative; conservatives often do see enemies under every bed. But that doesn’t mean they’re there, and it most definitely doesn’t mean the rest of us ought to make law and policy based on their nightmares.


    Read more here …..


  7. 33 GGAIL
    April 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. I’ve been waiting for you! Rise n Shine 🙂

  8. 34 amk for obama
    April 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Great toons., btw. dumbya one is so true.

  9. April 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Congrats isonprize on #1! 🙂

  10. 38 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

  11. 39 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Super excited for the STEM fair today. It’s gonna be freaking out of this world insanely fantastic. Can’t wait to see the kick ass inventions and experiments the participants came up with.

    It’s going to be mind blowingly awesome.

  12. 43 Vicki
    April 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    My senator Chuck Schumer is asking that there be exemptions from the sequester for airline affiliated jobs.
    I think this is very dangerous.
    If we exempt from the sequester the things that affect the 1%: White House tours, for example, or private airports, then we make it that much more likely that the sequestr will remain Permanently.

    Which it exactly what the 1% wants. 125,000 families losing their housing assistance. 750,000 middle class jobs GONE.

    Hey, but as long as billionaire can fly their private planes around the USA safely, then it is all good.
    No No NO!

    • 44 0388jojothecat
      April 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

      It needs to AFFECT CONGRESS TOO! If they have trouble getting around they need to feel it……just like their constituents.

  13. 48 amk for obama
    April 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Lovely tram pics

  14. April 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    As the President and many have said, the Senate’s failure to pass gun reform legislation on last week was SHAMEFUL. The argument that such legislation would not be 100% effective in stopping gun violence and gun related deaths is a cop-out. ANY life that might be saved from this legislation is a step in the right direction. At this point, I don’t believe anyone is expecting perfection. But we are expecting progress. (Brings to mind the joke about the opposite of progress…)

    I can’t help but think that one way to cut down on gun violence is to impose some type of levy and/or penalty against the manufacturers and retailers of guns and ammunition; especially the assault weapons and high volume magazines. I threw out this thought a few months ago, and I am aware that it is a far-fetched and has zero probability of happening. But it seems to me that it is the gun manufacturers who are reaping all of the benefits and assuming none of the liability from gun sales. It is also the gun manufacturers/retailers via groups like the NRA who are stirring up the call to arms for extremist gun enthusiasts. It is the gun manufacturers/retailers that have the resources to line the pockets of Congress people as well as intimidate them (which are major factors in the lack of progress on this issue.)

    It’s just frustrating that there seems to be no accountability on the part of these companies for the gun violence and massacres occurring in this country.

    • 51 desertflower
      April 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I rad yesterday that the manufacturers and ammo makers are the only UNREGULATED consumer products that we have. Seriously sad.

      • 52 desertflower
        April 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

        Read. I read. I can’t WRITE, but I did read!

      • April 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Reagan, Ford, Pataki …all Republicans who favored gun control legislation. If I remember correctly, Bush (41) signed an assault weapons ban. Nixon called guns an abomination and Rudy “9/11” sued gun manufacturers.

  15. 54 jackiegrumbacher
    April 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    After months of planning, our Latino Roundtable, “Latinos Laborando Unitos”, was as much of a success as we could have hoped for. Speakers from five counties and one national OFA rep talked about Latino issues in their own areas and gave everybody good advice about how to build a sense of community and activism in counties where the Latino or other minority populations are growing. We had a nice turnout, good food, a place for supervised play for children and best, of all, an engaged audience. My biggest fear is that people would get bored and not respond, but people stood up, asked questions, told their stories and reacted to the panelists with both respect and good will. The overriding takeaway for every community with a Latino population is–stay engaged. Do not just show up when you want Latino votes, or walk away after an election. Make sure the whole community is involved in helping Latinos with ongoing issues, such as Hispanic Centers, English language classes, job skills training and education and get involved in cultural events. It’s all about relationships and friendships that are ongoing through thick and thin. Everyone also emphasized the point that should be seared on all of our brains. If you vote you have a voice. If you have a voice, things get done that you want. As someone pointed out, Republicans in Congress wouldn’t be talking about immigration if Latinos hadn’t voted en mass in 2008 and 2012.

    We suffer from divisiveness even in Democratic and Progressive circles when we don’t understand each other. I have learned so much in these months of working with Latinos in our community and have developed deep friendships with many people whom I have come to love. As one speaker pointed out, the country is on the verge of a tsunami as millions of minority groups start working together to find their voice. The sleeping giant is waking and traditional America is in for a very big surprise. May it be so a hundredfold.

    • 55 desertflower
      April 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

      This is such a great report! All your hard work has paid off and you have helped engage a community:) AND found new friends…what could be better than that? Thanks for sharing…great words of advice. Just a question: Did it ever come up in conversation, and does the Latino community understand that Republicans have no interest in them and their well being? I would assume that they understand this, just wondering if comments were made and that subject talked about. Thanks, jackie!

      • 56 jackiegrumbacher
        April 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

        DF, it wasn’t talked about specifically, but I think it was clear to everyone that only Democrats care about them and are there for the long term. They know what’s going on. Everyone I walked to begged us to keep doing projects like this. If we stay committed, good things will happen. Also, doing something positive does lessen the sense of powerlessness we all feel in the face of the frustrations from Congress.

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Fantastic work, Jackie. Latinos are eager and willing to be active members of our communities in all kinds of ways. The manner in which you’ve approached and carried out this partnership – with respect and equality – is what matters. BRAVA to you and all who participated. I’m excited to hear more!

    • 59 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Excellent. Excellent steps moving Forward.

  16. 60 japa21
    April 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

    • 61 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hmm…I guess no one has been paying attention to what just happened there in Waco Tx?!?!?!

      • 62 japa21
        April 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

        My wife and I heard the ad as we were driving and both of as immediately said, “Crap, couldn’t be worse timing.”

        • 63 hopefruit2
          April 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

          I guess Governor “Oops” is hoping that the Boston incident will serve as a distractor and folks won’t be paying attention.

    • 64 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Also when the plant explodes as a result of negligence, will Perry still push for “small government” and refuse federal help?

    • 65 99ts
      April 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Companies providing healthcare for women also excluded

  17. April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    the President will channel his inner geek today at the science fair.

  18. 69 99ts
    April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Why can I find nothing about this on the MSM – so busy with their conspiracy theories – they miss what is happening to everyone as the house passes laws that wipe privacy off the map. Talk about a party that thinks there should be less government – they not only want women’s reproductive parts – they also want the internet – what is happening to the USA – now I am getting scared.


    • April 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I brought it up a few threads back. Congress was busy doing dirt because everyone’s attention was elsewhere. What’s worse is a lot of Democrats supported that foolishness. Hopefully it will die in the Senate.

      Which brings me to the fact that the Boston incident is absolutely consuming the news. As much as I hate Texas…10 times more people died and were injured, yet we barely get an update.

      • 71 99ts
        April 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

        Thanks for answering Fay – I just don’t see all the threads – the timing differences are just too wacky (and some days the world interrupts my intertubes activities) – so I’m sorry I missed your post. They sure like to sneak things through congress when no-one is watching – shame they can’t pass some real legislation. Like you, I hope it will die in the senate.

        Meanwhile – there was an interesting piece on one of the “political” discussions in my world – where politicians are now using social media to provide information on what they are doing/supporting – because all the media wants to talk to them about is polling, elections, and internal political squabbles. I could have been in the US – bitter media – politicians all telling different stories – but I think the latter won this discussion.

        I guess I am trying to say – the media is dying – when all they can discuss is ONE issue – makes you realize the guys in suits have NO idea how to multi task – which women have been telling them for years and years. (Sorry to lump all guys together – I’m married to one, I love him – but he is hopeless at multi-tasking).

        Texas is interesting – mainly because no-one seems to suggest an investigation as to how the original fire started – was it an accident? industrial espionage? a disgruntled employee? or or terrorism!! – cause it did a lot more damage than the bombs in Boston. Maybe we could start a Texas conspiracy story – who worked in that factory?

        • April 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

          I don’t see all the threads either, but you missed nothing. It didn’t merit discussion at the time.
          Yes, they like to sneak things through when no one is watching. I would even wager, had the bombing not occurred, the gun legislation might have passed. They took advantage of the distraction. Now they’ll use the bombing to abandon immigration reform, which they don’t really want to do in the first place.
          As for Texas, I think you make my point. I have no idea and the information doesn’t seem to be available.

  19. 73 Jovie
    April 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    If only we had that bully in office, George W. bush. He got things done, that surge in Iraq that everybody was against in 2007, kudos.
    Like msnbc says, it’s better to be feared then to be loved.
    But, I do have a question for msnbc on the gun control legislation. If GW was still POTUS, are you saying that the Cowboy from Texas would have been For gun control?

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Jovie, that exchange on Morning Joke made me absolutely furious. This is the “Congress of the unwilling” where congressmen actually get credit for defying the President!!

    • 76 Nena20409
      April 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

      These were the same people saying…especially JoeScar that president Obama was shoving things down the GOPers throats……in 2009-2010. JS said that President Obama was dictating to Congress. Then it became how aloof the president was….not emoting, not socializing and Now….the president was not Leading? I wonder what POTUS would have pushed for sensible Gun Safety Laws had it not been this POTUS knowing that Jan 20, 2009….these TBGOPers plotted a political Coup de’tat against PBO? Disrespecting and chiding pres Obama is what righties and folks like Mika do.

      Where I have issues is in one area. When Dems come on these shows, don’t let them spout the nonsense. Come prepared and be ready to take these foolish, wicked idiots down…..I am talking about Axelrod, Gibbs, etc.

      • 77 99ts
        April 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

        I find Axelrod is usually good – have been seriously underwhelmed by Gibbs since he joined MSNBC – he seems to have undermined the President many times.

        • April 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

          I get crazy when they sit and allow the Republicans to make any pie-in-the-sky assertion and refuse to push back. Mika is useless. I think Gibbs tries to answer in an unbiased and fair manner…curse of the Democrats. I keep saying it…we need some batsh*t crazy Democrats on board.

      • April 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Not often that these hosts will invite anyone on their shows who will disagree with them or whom they cannot steamroll.

  20. 81 Eveingeorgia
    April 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Charles Pierce has written a mighty take-down of Maureen Dowd’s ridiculous attack on PBO, concerning the gun bill.

    The comments section, afterwards are as good, so are most of the comments at TPM.

    Maureen Dowd has some serious problems when it comes to President Obama, almost pathological.

    It’s as if she is a woman scorned when it comes to him.

    • 82 a4alice
      April 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

      TY EveinGA. I really like reading Mr. Pierce.

    • 83 Jovie
      April 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

      But Charles will not be all over msnbc like Dowd is.
      Maybe send his story. To Lawrence O,, he is the only one I trust? 🙂

    • 84 99ts
      April 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Rather sad that she acts like a “woman scorned” – or that such a term even exists – how would we relate to her stupid – if she was a man? – We would simply say she is a racist – hating on the President because he is a blah person – and that is why most any pundit writes such b.s. about their President.

      George Bush was white. He had many against his policies in the congress and in the country – but he did not have to argue his very existence. The support Bush got after 9/11 compared to the lack of support the President received after the Boston happenings highlights how the media and the congress treat President Obama so differently to any other President over the past 100 years.

    • 85 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Brilliant piece: MoDo! She is a has been, but she doesn’t know it. Just reading the excerpts Charlie quotes is proof she has no idea what she is talking about, and she illuminates a very corrupt segment of US politics as they have been twisted to become. No, MoDo, President Obama will NEVER EVER save you, never. He is not here for your ilk, he is here for We The People.

  21. 86 amk for obama
    April 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Wonder how long bbc is going to keep boston bomber lede in the fp? Same 24 point headlines for the past week.

  22. 87 amk for obama
    April 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Here is the proof of how much corrupt our government is.

    The richest man in India (whose business accounting practices quite shady) is being provided 24×7 commando protection by the government at the taxpayers cost.

  23. 89 a4alice
    April 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

    ok. back to work.

  24. 90 Jovie
    April 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Governor Scott asked The President this weekend to stop the Towers from
    Being closed.
    The Republicans don’t like it when it’s in there backyard.
    They will use the sequester at debt limit showdown in less than 1 month as a bargaining chip.
    Either give us a repeal of obamacare, give us the Ryan plan or we will insist on another 1 trillion dollar sequester.
    If the democrats don’t agree, they are prepared to go over the debt limit.
    This would mean an immediate 1 trillion in cuts to government, because we can’t borrow any money to cover our bills.
    Maybe we shouldn’t read the republicans Miranda? They are vicious and devious.
    I do think if that happens, however, POTUS could initiate Marshall law and circumvent congress. People need to feel safe.

    • 91 Vicki
      April 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for responding, Jovie. What you said is not reassuring. Real people have had their unemployment ins.terms shortened and cut 11%.
      Real people are losing their homes and just wait until the unemployment ##s start to climb.This is so much more than a bargaining item.

      Isn’t anyone in the government prepared to fight to end the sequester? And if not, why not?

  25. 95 Jovie
    April 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    George W. Bush: ‘No need to defend myself’
    Jonathan Easley
    04/22/13 07:51 AM ET
    “I did what I did and ultimately history will judge,” said the former president, who opens his presidential library Thursday.…

    Read more: http://thehill.com/#ixzz2RCVBkdME


    • 96 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Guess what W: History has ALREADY judged…. We will all be paying the price of your irresponsibility for generations.

      • 97 MightyPamela
        April 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

        He uses this concept like a binky, doesn’t he?

      • 98 Jovie
        April 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

        Exactly, although the media will try and cover for him from here on out.

      • April 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

        I read that nonsense in the Sunday Parade magazine. His failed presidency IS being judged everyday and unless only RWNJ’s goes to his so-called library and take down the poll after it becomes too negative, I don’t care what his interactive library says. His library is the only one I refuse to step foot inside.

    • 100 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I don’t see it as defending himself, it’s more like making excuses. Sorry, buster, what’s done is done. Actions have consequences. Welcome to the adult world.

  26. 101 Jovie
    April 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    The plunge in the cost of wind and solar power that bankrupted more than two dozen manufacturers is forecast to spur a tripling of investment in renewables by 2030 and to reduce the grip fossil fuels have on world energy supply.
    Annual spending on clean-energy projects that don’t add to greenhouse-gas pollution may rise to $630 billion at the end of the next decade from $190 billion last year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in a report today. That’s 37 percent more than estimated in November 2011 and means renewables would account for half of all generation capacity by 2030.



  27. 103 MightyPamela
    April 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Good Earth Day morning! First to isonorize, second to 99ts! Here we go!

  28. April 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Before, I go…thanks to each of you who offered encouraging words regarding my detox debacle. I replied to your comments, but at 2 am, so I assume you don’t know. I appreciate you. And Liberal Librarian, you are corrupting. You had me searching the internet for a coffee and martini detox. 🙂

  29. April 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    YAYYYYY, our gorgeous Second Lady is now on the twitter machine!!!!

  30. 113 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    HEADLINE: Boston Marathon bombs: Prosecutors prepare charges

    // US federal prosecutors are preparing charges against the surviving Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as more details emerge of his capture. If he is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, he could face the death penalty. Mr Tsarnaev is in hospital, unable to speak because of a wound to the throat.

    US media quoted anonymous sources as saying he had been responding to questions in writing, but this has not been officially confirmed. The FBI’s Boston field office and the Boston police department both said the information did not come from them. Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino had earlier told ABC News that “we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to question the individual”. But the ABC, NBC and CBS networks all reported late on Sunday that the suspect was responding in writing to interrogation. This included questions about possible cell members and other explosives.

    “We have a million questions and those questions need to be answered,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, quoted by Reuters news agency. //


  31. 130 Jovie
    April 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Airlines are encouraging their passengers to blame Congress for flight delays as sequester furloughs begin.
    Passengers are in some cases being directed to a website called DontGroundAmerica.com to explain delays in their flights.
    The website was created by Airlines for America (A4A) and the Air Line Pilots Associations (ALPA) to pressure Congress to roll back furloughs for air traffic controllers.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/aviation/295245-airlines-direct-passengers-to-blame-sequester-for-flight-delays#ixzz2RCbiN39W
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

    Yes! Blame congress…

  32. 135 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Hmmm…is @whitehouse lurking on TOD? 🙂 🙂 They just posted this – which also happens to be the focus pic of our “Rise & Shine!”

  33. April 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    O/T…Where do they come up with these things?

    “MDs warn teens: Don’t take the cinnamon challenge”


    Don’t take the cinnamon challenge. That’s the advice from doctors in a new report about a dangerous prank depicted in popular YouTube videos but which has led to hospitalizations and a surge in calls to U.S. poison centers.

    The fad involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water. But the spice is caustic, and trying to gulp it down can cause choking, throat irritation, breathing trouble and even collapsed lungs, the report said.

    Published online Monday in Pediatrics, the report said at least 30 teens nationwide needed medical attention after taking the challenge last year.

    The number of poison control center calls about teens doing the prank “has increased dramatically,” from 51 in 2011 to 222 last year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

  34. 138 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

    That’s right after he gives remarks at the science fair, scheduled for 2:25PM.

  35. 140 japa21
    April 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

  36. 141 amk for obama
    April 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

    The European Union lifts the last of its trade, economic and individual sanctions against Burma as it aims “to open a new chapter” with the state.


  37. 142 99ts
    April 22, 2013 at 10:55 am


    US Court seems to be Pro the corporations & who cares what US organizations do outside of the US. I’m still scared.

  38. 143 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    So Daily Beast has compiled a list of the the “Left’s top 25 journalists.” I think they forgot the word “Professional” before “Left.” This is an emoprog/ratfucker’s dream list.

    • 144 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

      To be fair (and somewhat curious) Glen Greenwald and Chris Hayes are missing from this list. Maybe they just didn’t make the “top 25” cut and can be found somewhere in the top 26- 35….

    • 145 99ts
      April 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

      They gotobe joking – Jane Hamsher !! the Huffington!! Markos!! I agree that Paul Krugman supports the President – but he’s an economist – why list him as a “journalist” – he should be seriously insulted – for being called a journalist and for being listed with the other 24.

  39. 150 dotster3
    April 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I wonder if the Tsaranaev parents were still supporting their 2 sons. As I was wondering where they got the money for all their bomb-making supplies and multiple guns, I then questioned who was paying their living expenses—–neither son had a job or any visible means of support—–for rent, food and nice cars etc. I know the older one’s father in law is a dr., but that pipeline seems unlikely, reports that he had not been living with wife and child for a year—-altho there are conflicting, confusing reports on that relationship. Just things I wonder about. I want all the answers.

  40. April 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Morning Chips and all the TOD’ers. Maureen Dowd go and get a life, this is the real world not “planet of a delusional woman’.

  41. April 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Scientists and artists … fields where I am in awe of the talent. Even more so when I see the talent at such a young age.

    I wonder how many young people have such talent that has yet been untapped simply because of lack of resources and mentors.

  42. April 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    “According to Glenn Beck, Obama is in cahoots with the Saudis to frame the Chechens to get the Russians to take our guns. Oh and Benghazi.” Doesn’t Mr. Beck realize they already made this obvious connection with “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”?? 😛 #Common_Sense

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