News of the Day

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice briefs President Barack Obama during his Presidential Daily Briefing in Chilmark, Mass., August 12 (Photo by Pete Souza)





Tom Kludt: Obama To Continue Economic Tour In New York, Pennsylvania

President Barack Obama is expected to embark on a two-day bus tour next week to both New York and Pennsylvania where he’ll “discuss another cornerstone of his vision for a better bargain for the middle class,” a White House official told a pool reporter.

Obama will travel through the two states on Aug. 22-23. Politico’s Maggie Haberman, citing sources familiar with Obama’s plans, said the President will deliver the remarks in upstate New York.

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Adam Peck: Missouri State Fair Apologizes After Mocks, Threatens Rodeo Clown In An Obama Mask

Officials from the Missouri State Fair are busy putting out fires after the organizers of the fair’s bull riding exhibit brought a clown in an Obama mask into the ring and goaded the bull into chasing him around the enclosure.

Videos of the racially-charged incident began circulating across local news organizations shortly after it took place on Saturday evening, and public consternation was quickly followed by condemnations from Republican Party officials and lawmakers across the state. Officials from the state fair issued a public statement via its Facebook page on Sunday evening, calling the performance “inappropriate and disrespectful.”

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TPM: Biden To Attend Harkin’s Annual Iowa Steak Fry

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to deliver the keynote address at Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) annual steak fry this year in Iowa, The Des Moines Register reported. A Biden spokesperson told the Register that Biden has intended to attend the event, one of the biggest fundraisers for the Democratic Party in the Hawkeye State, ever since he was unable to make it last year.

San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro, who delivered the keynote address at last year’s Democratic National Convention, is also expected to attend the steak fry, scheduled to be held Sept.15, in Indianola, Iowa.

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Becca Aaronson: New Abortion Limits, But More Money For Women’s Health

When Anastasia Tolmasoff went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in March to receive her quarterly injection of Depo-Provera, she discovered she could no longer afford to receive birth control there. “I’m living paycheck to paycheck, so getting pregnant and having another child is not an option for me,” said Tolmasoff, 33, who rehabilitates wildlife at a nonprofit organization. She and her husband cannot afford health insurance. Tolmasoff is one of thousands of women affected by the Texas Legislature’s 2011 decisions to drastically cut family planning financing and remove “abortion affiliated providers” — namely, Planned Parenthood — from state health programs.

In its 2013 session, the Legislature sought to mitigate the impact of those cuts with the largest financial package for women’s health services in state history, increasing spending to $214 million in the 2014-15 budget from $109 million. Still, women’s health advocates have raised concerns that the financing does not go far enough. Moreover, some advocates argue that strict abortion regulations approved during a special session will create additional burdens on women already struggling to access contraception……

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President Obama chats with former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Aug. 12

127 Responses to “News of the Day”

  1. 9 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Way to go Cali —

  2. 10 Judith Fardig
    August 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Yay a4alice!

  3. 12 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  4. 13 vitaminlover
    August 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Congratulations a4alice. Where are the girls?

  5. 14 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  6. 15 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    • 16 4morefor44
      August 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      don’t think that’s very accurate though. reagan’s share is way more than that when adjusted for inflation, and doesn’t seem to take into account how president obama’s share is greatly affected by the the previous republican presidents, especially reagan, leaving him massive interest payments each year from their debt creation. clinton and president obama are by far the most fiscally responsible presidents in the past 30+ years, when all factors are weighed fairly.

  7. 17 Nena20409
    August 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Hello. Hello, Hello, Hello Is anybody out there 😉

    Hey TODVille Township 😉

  8. 19 a4alice
    August 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm


  9. 24 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  10. 27 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  11. 28 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  12. 30 a4alice
    August 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  13. 34 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  14. 35 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  15. August 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    GE Chips, TOD….. great round-up UT. Congrats on first a4alice! …… landed in Vegas…reserved a table…..not available for another 6 hrs 😦

  16. August 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Congrats Alice, you were super fast. Way to go! 😀

  17. 53 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  18. 54 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

  19. 57 whatisworking
    August 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Greetings TOD family

    Sorry for the long silence. Busy busy with Action August and school starting next week.

    I will be on an OFA Leader call at 7 PST and we will be discussing how our efforts are already paying off.

    Here is the info – OFA and all of you ROCK


    On Thursday, following a press event near his office in Tracy and OFA volunteers attending a Chamber of Commerce event in Modesto, CA10 Rep. Jeff Denham came out in support of the Senate immigration bill. He was one of five GOP congressmen to do so last week in the wake of Action August events everywhere in their districts. Just today, another came out in support, Joe Heck of Nevada. IT’S WORKING.



    Find an OFA near you, charge up your phone and join in !!

    • 62 Roberta in MN
      August 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Testing you too LL. 🙂 Good Evening everyone. If you watched Eric Holder today, he was really good and felt, this whole analysis has been in the works for a long long time. All of this takes time, but, same as the charges on the bankers it’s all coming down, watch & see.

  20. August 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Ok, what have I missed all these days? (No, not quite back yet. Work will still be a bear this week.)

  21. 68 whatisworking
    August 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I just had a tough time posting I took out one of the articles in case that as the issue


    Would love it if someone could make the news a tweet.

  22. August 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  23. 74 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I’m with George Takei, just move the thing to Canada

    • 75 arkluvspbo
      August 13, 2013 at 8:05 am

      But isn’t Putin gay? I mean, my gaydar is very strong with that one. He should come out of the closet, and then maybe to prove how tough and exceptional he is, he can ride bareback with Snowy

  24. August 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    In the meantime, the International Olympic Committee is coming under pressure to take a tougher line and demand that Russia respect the Olympic Charter’s rules against discrimination.One senior IOC member even suggested taking the games away from Russia if no solution is found.

    “They have accepted the words of the Olympic Charter and the host city contract, so either they respect it or we have to say goodbye to them,” said Gerhard Heiberg of Norway. Heiberg, who organized the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and is chairman of the IOC marketing commission, said the IOC should stay out of domestic Russian politics, but must be firm on what happens during the Sochi Games.

  25. August 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    So, in honor of the Willie Nelson concert to which I went at the Hollywood Bowl, my new theme song.

  26. 80 dotster3
    August 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Interesting—–study of induced or accelerated labor links to autism. (Duke U.) Results seem hazy and require further study but the pediatrics publication did state there was an increased risk of autism for children born to these moms, especially affecting boys.

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I have not read this link but the title reminds me of when the ‘favored’ link to autism was baby immunization, which TMK has since been debunked.

  27. August 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Meanwhile, in a blue state…

    Thanks to your phone calls, emails and tweets, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the historic School Success and Opportunity Act into law, ensuring transgender youth have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools across the state!

    Assembly Bill 1266, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, is the first of its kind in the country, and requires that California public schools respect students’ gender identity and makes sure that students can fully participate in all school activities, sports teams, programs and facilities that match their gender identity.

    We commend Governor Brown for standing up for transgender equality, as well as the elected officials, advocates and transgender youth who have demonstrated inspirational leadership to ensure this bill’s passage.

    Co-authored by Senators Mark Leno and Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Toni Atkins, the bill is backed by a coalition of organizations including Equality California, Transgender Law Center, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Gender Spectrum, ACLU of California, National Center for Lesbian Rights, statewide teacher and parent organizations, and dozens of other organizations.

    Today is a day for celebration!

  28. 87 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Well, here’s “something”

  29. August 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    ok, I am tots in love with the actor who plays Loki in Thor and The Avengers movies. Tom Hiddleston is him name. He’s a cutey patootey!

    He’s def on my young British hotties list …lol. Notice I said YOUNG, cause ya’ll already know who my boo is…lol!!


    • August 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Hiddleston even appeared dressed as Loki for Comic Con this year!

    • 92 Dudette
      August 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Well I certainly know who your boo is, especially since he’s my boo too! 😀 😀 😀

      • August 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        My goal is to visit London next summer, “if the Lord says the same” (it’s an old saying from NOLA meaning if I still alive or still able). I’ll be sure to have my stalking map designed for Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender…lol

        • 94 Dudette
          August 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

          AWESOME!! Take your camera!! 😀

        • 95 99ts
          August 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

          Forget the “still able” – if you are alive – visit – there is no town like London Town – it is everything you ever wanted it to be. Only time I ever regretted my ancestors emigrating was when I spent a year in London. 🙂

  30. 96 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    LOL! Do I see a little passive-aggressive reporting going on here? 🙂

  31. August 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Mega fab newsie round-up UT, thank yoooooooou legend!

  32. 104 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  33. 107 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  34. 109 dotster3
    August 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Photo of First Couple leaving Sweet Life Cafe last night! And more.

    • 110 sherijr
      August 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      well that was a lovely read Dotster… so nicely written. THIS is how one ought to write an article, imo. And loved FLOTUS’ red/orange top.

    • 111 arkluvspbo
      August 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

      My beloved Pop-Pop (grandfather) would always say it never rains on the golf course — I’m so happy to see our POTUS feels the same!

  35. 112 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  36. 113 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  37. 114 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  38. August 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Admittedly I’m def a movie person especially in the summer. During the fall/spring though, I still see a number of movies, but it’s Fall television season.

    So far I have a pretty full slate of returning shows I plan to watch: Luther (of course!!), Person of Interest, Elementary, coupla sitcoms, Body of Proof and others.

    So far, I haven’t heard of any new shows that I’m thinking I should give a try this upcoming season, but it is still kinda early, but with school starting and next month being September, it’s almost time.

    So any new Fall television shows anybody looking forward to checking out.

    Or what returning shows are ya’ll waiting for that ya’ll think I should try to catch up on.

    • 117 sherijr
      August 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      I’m a fan of Luther and Elementary… also Criminal Minds- love that show. Vampire Diaries is fun too.

  39. 118 vcprezofan2
    August 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Confessing I’d never heard of this playwright before I stumbled across this link on twitter….

    Historic Tribute to August Wilson
    An all-star cast will record the acclaimed playwright’s 10-play “Century Cycle” for the first time ever.

    By: Julia Chance | Posted: August 12, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    By the time August Wilson passed away in 2005, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright had completed a profound body of work that has left an indelible mark on black culture, American literature and Broadway. Now in a historic event, his series of 10 plays, each chronicling a decade of the African-American experience during the 20th century, will be recorded for the first time ever.

    Titled August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, the groundbreaking series brings together a stellar group of actors, directors and other talents — many of whom worked with Wilson — for live staged readings and recordings of the playwright’s dramas at New York Public Radio’s the Greene Space. They include actors Phylicia Rashad, Leslie Uggams, Keith David, S. Epatha Merkerson, Wendell Pierce and Taraji P. Henson (in her Wilson debut) as well as theater directors Michele Shay and Kenny Leon, artistic director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and associate director Stephen McKinley Henderson. The readings will be scored with original music by Grammy-nominated composer Bill Sims Jr. and other composers who worked with Wilson, and the plays will appear in the order in which they premiered, starting with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and ending with Radio Golf. There will also be a talk series, giving audiences a deeper look at Wilson’s plays, the themes he explored in his works and the historic relationships he formed with his artistic collaborators.



    • 119 a4alice
      August 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      he lived right here in st paul mn!

      Here’s a little rememberence from a colleague


      • 120 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

        Thank you, Alice. I read it too. I can tell it’s going to be once of those experiences where I’ve never heard of someone before, then suddenly every time I turn around they are ‘in my face’. 😀

    • 121 Dudette
      August 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Oh this will be WONDERFUL! Here’s a list of the plays in the Century Cycle:

      1900s – Gem of the Ocean (2003)
      1910s – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988)
      1920s – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984) – set in Chicago
      1930s – The Piano Lesson (1990) – Pulitzer Prize[6]
      1940s – Seven Guitars (1995)
      1950s – Fences (1987) – Pulitzer Prize[6]
      1960s – Two Trains Running (1991)
      1970s – Jitney (1982)
      1980s – King Hedley II (1999)
      1990s – Radio Golf (2005)

      I’ve been lucky enough to see productions of all except: King Hedley, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner’s Come & Gone, and Gem of the Ocean. I got to see Fences with James Earl Jones & Mary Alice back in the day (oh, I’m just squealing with excitement from the memory of that)! Viola Davis & Denzel won Tony awards for their performances in the 2010 revival on Broadway. Gosh, I wish I could’ve seen them. Wow, I can’t wait to see/hear the recordings!! Wooooot!!!

      • 122 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Lucky indeed, D-ette! Of course, I haven’t seen any of the plays but I’m going to be on the alert to spot the recordings if they come in my direction. The idea of each play representing a decade sounds interesting.

  40. 123 Dudette
    August 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  41. 124 globalcitizenlinda
    August 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Please do not forget to acknowledge the role that AG Holder’s DOJ and PBO played in the events leading to the Stop and Frisk unconstitutional ruling announced today.

    At the time, the DOJ intervention on the side of the victims did not get as much press as it should.

    please take some time and show that the DOJ actions were noticed and appreciated.

    Justice Department steps into NYC stop-and-frisk lawsuit


    Justice Department weighs in on New York City stop and frisk case

    Thursday, June 13, 2013


    Feds Oppose NYPD Over Stop and Frisk

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