Catching Up


Later Today:

1:10: President Obama returns from the United States Naval Academy to the White House

2:15: Signs a bill designating the Congressional Gold Medal commemorating the lives of the four young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963


The Hill: President Obama will sign a bill Friday awarding the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the four girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing, the White House said Thursday.

The bombing at the church, which civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy used as a meeting place, by members of the Ku Klux Klan proved a pivotal turning point in the push for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The dynamite blast killed four girls — Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair — and injured an additional 22 others.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by the legislative branch…

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“These children, unoffending, innocent, and beautiful were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” said the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a eulogy for the four children–Addie Mae Collins, 14, Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14. “They died nobly. They are the martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity.”

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Paul Krugman: Obamacare Will Be A Debacle — For Republicans

… the biggest test case was always going to be California …. well, the preliminary numbers are in – and they’re looking very good, with costs coming in below expectations. At this point, it looks as if this thing is indeed going to work.

….. the whole political calculus was supposed to be that Republicans in red states could point to the horrors of Obamacare and ride them to political victory. Instead, it looks as if we’re going to see blue-state residents reaping the benefits of a functional health care system, while red-state residents are denied many of those benefits, for what looks like no better reason than mean-spirited spite – because what’s going on is, indeed, mean-spirited spite.

Predictions that Obamacare will be a big political issue are probably right – but not in the way gleeful conservatives imagined.

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CNN Money: Health insurers in California will charge an average of $304 a month for the cheapest silver-level plan in state-based exchanges next year, according to rates released Thursday by Covered California, which is implementing the Affordable Care Act there. But many residents will pay a lot less than that for coverage.

Rates will vary by region, age and level of coverage, and many lower-income Californias will qualify for federal subsidies that will greatly lower the premiums…..

…. Oregon and Washington recently posted their rates, as well. They were also lower than some had expected.

“Many people will see rates similar to what they’re paying now, or in some cases, lower – and with substantially better benefits,” the Washington Insurance Department wrote in a blog post. “We’re definitely not seeing the huge rate increases that some insurers had predicted.”

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Matthew Yglesias: ObamaCare Rollout Is Going To Be Like a Train Getting You To Your Destination In A Timely Manner

…. over the next 18 months you’re going to read a lot of stories about problems with Affordable Care Act implementations and many of those stories are going to be accurate but fundamentally Affordable Care Act implementation is going to work out great and people are going to love it.

The latest evidence comes to us from California, America’s largest state and one of the states that’s tried the hardest to actually implement ObamaCare well. As Sarah Kliff explains, their exchanges are getting set up and it looks like premiums for “silver” and “bronze” plans are both going to be lower than was previously expected. Far from a “train wreck” in other words, the biggest single set of clients for the program is getting something like a nice smooth TGV ride…

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Detroit Free Press: In an address remarkable for both its candor and its humility, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to limit the scope of his predecessor’s global war on terror, pivoting from a full-court campaign of military pre-emption to a new era of proportionality and political engagement.

Squarely confronting critics who have decried his administration’s unprecedented use of unmanned drone strikes and its continuing detention of suspected terrorists at Guantánamo, the president pledged to curtail both practices and called on federal lawmakers to facilitate the transition to a containment effort that relies less heavily on military force….

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NYT Editorial: President Obama’s speech on Thursday was the most important statement on counterterrorism policy since the 2001 attacks, a momentous turning point in post-9/11 America. For the first time, a president stated clearly and unequivocally that the state of perpetual warfare that began nearly 12 years ago is unsustainable for a democracy and must come to an end in the not-too-distant future.

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Reuters: Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in April, a hopeful sign that a sharp slowdown in factory output could soon run its course.

New orders for durable goods, which range from toasters to aircraft, increased 3.3 percent last month, the Commerce Department said on Friday.

The data was the latest to show the U.S. economy exhibiting surprising resilience in the face of harsh fiscal austerity measures enacted this year.

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Business Insider: The automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that began on March 1 are hurting more than ever, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

The poll finds that nearly four in 10 Americans say the cuts of the sequester have had a negative effect on them personally, which is up substantially from just 25 percent two months ago.

Among that group, self-identified Republicans say they have been most affected. An astounding 46 percent of Republicans have felt the effects of the sequester, compared with just 32 percent of Democrats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, just 39 percent of Republicans support the cuts, compared with 54 percent who oppose them.

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Steve Benen: Well, that’s a gutsy political move:

President Obama defied Republican critics on Thursday by nominating to a high-ranking State Department job an official involved in editing controversial talking points about the attack last year in Libya.

Mr. Obama sent the Senate his choice of Victoria Nuland, a former spokeswoman for the State Department, as assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs. Ms. Nuland had long been in line for the position, but some had questioned whether the nomination would go forward after drafts of the talking points became public…..

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NYT: President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie, Republican of New Jersey, will reprise their pre-election tour of the coastal areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, a White House official said Friday morning.

“The president will speak about the importance of reigniting and expanding economic opportunity for middle-class families who were hard hit by the storm, and meet with businesses and homeowners who have benefited from the recovery efforts,” said the official….

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Next up: Another Liberal Librarian gem.

49 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. May 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Oh and congrats Derbingle

  2. May 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    “Among that group, self-identified Republicans say they have been most affected. An astounding 46 percent of Republicans have felt the effects of the sequester, compared with just 32 percent of Democrats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, just 39 percent of Republicans support the cuts, compared with 54 percent who oppose them.”

    I knew this was coming. Yeah it hurts all the way around but red states are going to feel it a lot worse and this is just the beginning.

    • May 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Would it be cruel of me to sat that they deserve it because some of these people are the ones who were crying out for cuts and now I am suppose to feel sorry for them. Forgive me but I don’t I think its time for some of these persons in these red states to wise up and start electing individuals that have the electorates best interest and not those of the banks and oil companies.

      • May 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

        You know what I’m saying. 🙂

      • 12 jackiegrumbacher
        May 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        I think, Mellesia, that there’s a willful blindness among many people in red states. They don’t like what’s happening to them, they vaguely get that it’s the sequester, but they don’t attach it to their elected reps, nor do they see the connection between their votes and the consequences. I don’t know what it will take to wake them up, but I’m not sure even personal hardship is going to do it.

        • May 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

          I’m hoping the fact that something positive like PBO and the FCC changing the face of rural America with broadband wakes some of them up. It’s going to benefit them immensely. Somehow I doubt it though.

        • 14 99ts
          May 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

          They blame it on the blah guy jackie – many probably don’t even know there is a sequester – or what that even means. Their lunatic reps are the ones who will save them.

      • 15 majiir
        May 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        I don’t think it would be cruel, Mellesia. I feel the same way. Sometimes people must be reminded about getting on bandwagons because of political party affiliation, but it seems some of them never learn. PBO and many of us spread the word that deep spending cuts in an economic downturn would hurt. When PBO spoke about it, republicans came out and claimed he was “overreacting” and using public safety workers as “pawns.” All he was telling, and showing, them were some of the Americans who would be affected by the sequester, but many rank and file republicans didn’t want to hear it. They were so sure he was lying and republicans were telling them the truth. Well, now they know firsthand that the very thing they asked for, no, screamed for, in this recession is kicking their economic butts. I posted this on my FB page because I live in GA, one of the reddest states. I informed my conservative FB “friends” that if they’re dissatisfied, don’t blame PBO, call their members of Congress.

    • 16 COS
      May 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I wonder if these republicans are from the red states, since they get more “gubment” assistance than the blue states?

  3. 17 japa21
    May 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Just couldn’t bring yourself to call it Rise and Shine, uh Chips. In some parts of the world that would stiill have been appropriate.

  4. 21 mtmarilyn
    May 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, congrats, derbingle. A great catching up! I love listening to all those names and that the last one was a women.

  5. 22 MightyPamela
    May 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Derbingle! A tidbit for you: Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon: May 25, 4 degrees 8 minutes in Sagittarius. 0:25am ET/9:25pm PT on 5/24 (tonight). This will be an extremely shallow penumbral eclipse. It will be visible from the Americas, western Africa, and southwestern Europe. It will be impossible to see everywhere else. With only 4% of the a moon’s diameter shadowed, it will be only very slightly dimmed. Source: Jim Maynard Celestial Guide. http://www.QuicksilverProductions.com Hope some get to see it!

  6. 25 Nena20409
    May 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Oh Yeah, That is what I am talking about. It was 1001% worth the waiting. 😉 Thanks Chips.

    The Stones sang: No Satisfaction. I am here to refute that song. I am Satisfied. 😆

  7. 26 MightyPamela
    May 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    In case you don’t see the eclipse: http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO Bye for now! 😉

  8. 27 Nena20409
    May 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    My Late Mom always said: When one wakes up, Is one’s Morning. So here at TOD, a great BFD Rise and Shine 😉

  9. 29 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Okay, slipping out for a bit to get a gift card for that 40th birthday party I’m invited to tomorrow. 🙄 Be good, and keep a lid on the action until I get back. 😛

  10. 30 Nena20409
    May 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm


    Claude Alexander Allen Arrest: Son Of Former Aide To George W. Bush Charged With Hatchet Killing (VIDEO)
    05/24/13 11:30 AM ET EDT AP is reporting.

  11. May 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Thank goodness for small blessings. My daughter came to take the guests out to lunch. Who said, “fish and company smell after three days?” It’s been five with a couple of diehard republicans.

  12. May 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Do hope all of you have sent a thank you to the President for his momentous speech and actions that repudiate the #NEOCONSTERS and bring to a close the GWBush/Cheney era of perpetual war.


  13. May 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      May 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Hahahaha….. ABC: The Leader In Stupid News.

      If I were the Marine, I’d be jumping for joy later, in a quiet place. Pres. Obama came down, shook his hand, smiled at him, and chatted with him.

      Who’s winning the day? That dashing Marine right there.

      • May 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        Helloooo UT! And that’s what the fools don’t get, the video is actually charming and shows what a gentleman PBO is .

        • 39 jacquelineoboomer
          May 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

          I didn’t look at the link, but I do know the President does not need a salute to know he’s President. And he does not need to return a salute to know that he’s on an equal footing with that Marine, and makes the Marine feel that, too.

          Fuck ABC, Jonathan Karl, and the horses they rode in on! Yeah, you heard me! 🙂

          • 40 99ts
            May 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

            And I don’t know who started the saluting by someone not in uniform – was it Bush Jnr?

            • 41 jacquelineoboomer
              May 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm

              No – that’s always been that way, since he’s their Commander in Chief. They salute all their civilian leaders, including Secretary Hagel.

              • 42 99ts
                May 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

                I understand the military saluting – it was just that civilians/CICs not in uniform never used to salute back (once upon a time)

              • 44 99ts
                May 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

                thanks Carol – had to be one of the fools – I stayed on an army base in Virginia 1978 – used to drive relatives car with officer’s insignia – the soldiers at the gate always saluted the car – relative told me you NEVER salute if not in uniform

    • May 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I tell ya President Obama is one exceptional person, I am glad and thankful that he is the President. As for ABC who the hell are they to pass judgments when they sack Karl an issue an apology to the President then maybe I will pay attention to what they have to say

    • 47 Nena20409
      May 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      From Now on, to me, ABC stands for Absolutely Bastardly Crazy or Absolutely Blatantly (for PC) Crazy.

      Jonathan Karl can go directly to Blazes.

  14. 49 japa21
    May 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

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