Rise and Shine

President Obama waits for a heavy rain to pass before crossing West Executive Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing of the White House, March 12, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern):

1:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:45: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk; the Vice President also attends

4:0: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at a Special Screening of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted

4:15: The President drops-by meeting with women Members of Congress, The Roosevelt Room




Michael Hiltzik: New Data Show Obamacare Gaining Traction

The percentage of uninsured Americans is falling sharply, reaching 15.9% as of the end of February, according to Gallup. That’s the lowest rate the survey firm has measured since 2008. The greatest gains in insured status were shown by people earning less than $36,000 — a prime target for the act — and black Americans. Hispanics still lag. — The cost of health insurance and medical care came sharply down in January, according to number-crunchers at Goldman Sachs and the Commerce Department. Goldman Sachs attributed the slide to cuts in the reimbursement formulas for Medicare services, which are written into the law. The ACA is effectively putting more money in people’s pockets —

the Commerce Department estimated that the expansion of Medicaid benefits under the ACA amounted to $19.2 billion in January. — The grand total of Obamacare enrollees — including insurance exchanges, Medicaid members, and young persons kept on their parents plans — can be estimated as high as 13 million, according to independent statistician Charles Gaba, whose conclusions and methodology can be found here. The ACA is making increasingly deep inroads into the population of uninsured persons, not merely those who had insurance previously and have just switched over to exchange plans or Medicaid.

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Michael Hiltzik: High Deductibles And Obamacare Derangement Syndrome

We’ve remarked before on the tendency of businesses and others to use the Affordable Care Act as a scapegoat for changes in their healthcare benefits or in the healthcare landscape that have other causes — such as their own greed or long-term trends. Galen Benshoof, a guest contributor at theincidentaleconomist.com, identifies a good case of what we might call Obamacare derangement syndrome — the conviction that everything that happens in healthcare today must have been caused by the ACA. Benshoof’s example involves rising deductibles. His jumping-off point is a recent review of a book by Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the ACA’s architects, by David Goldhill in the Wall Street Journal.

Goldhill is a businessman who, judging from his earlier writings, is predisposed to expect the ACA to fail — in fact, prefers catastrophic coverage to almost all other forms of health insurance. In his review, Goldhill cites “the rapid spread of high-deductible insurance among employers and on the exchanges” as “one of the immediate unanticipated consequences of the ACA.” Benshoof calls him on this misstatement. The truth is that the rapid spread of “high-deductible” health plans (based on IRS regulations, that’s technically any plan with a deductible of $1,250 per person and $2,500 per family, or above) is very much an artifact of the pre-ACA healthcare landscape. Indeed, one of the goals of the ACA is to relieve the economic pressures that prompted employers to jack up deductibles on their employees toward this level every year.

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NYT: Titans In Russia Fear New Front In Ukraine Crisis

When Vladimir V. Putin returned to the Russian presidency in 2012, one of the first messages he sent to his political elite, many of them heads of banks and large corporations, was that the times had changed: Owning assets outside Russia makes you too vulnerable to moves by foreign governments, he told them. It is time to bring your wealth home. Nearly two years later, those words seem almost prophetic. After a week of escalating tensions between Russia and the United States, it has become clear that the conflict over Ukraine will move to the battlefield of finance. Those same business titans are now contemplating the damage that the crisis could inflict on Russia’s economy.

Financial sanctions, which the United States and the European Union have suggested they will impose if the conflict escalates, are intended to test the cohesion of the political system. Still, the prospect of losing access to Western finance is a frightening thought for Russian business leaders, whose voice in foreign policy decision-making is muted compared with the tight circle of Mr. Putin’s former K.G.B. colleagues, for whom economic factors may be secondary. Anxiety over possible economic fallout has begun to radiate from business circles, and some wondered whether Mr. Putin had been warned clearly about the magnitude of the possible damage to the economy. One analyst described their mind-set as one of “cognitive dissonance.”

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BBC: US Man Walks Free After 25 Years On Death Row

A man who spent more than 25 years on death row in the US state of Louisiana has walked free from prison after his murder conviction for the 1983 killing of a jeweller was overturned. Glenn Ford, 64, had been on death row since August 1988. He had been found guilty of killing 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman, a jeweller for whom Mr Ford occasionally worked. US media reports say that he is one of the longest-serving death row inmates in modern US history to be exonerated. Mr Ford had always denied killing Mr Rozeman. Asked by a reporter how he was feeling as he left the high security prison in Angola, Louisiana, Mr Ford said: “My mind is going in all kinds of directions but it feels good.”

He said that he did harbour some resentment because he had been locked up for almost 30 years “for something I didn’t do” and had lost years of his life. “Thirty years, 30 years of my life if not all of it. I can’t go back and do anything that I should’ve been doing when I was 35, 38 and 40 – stuff like that. My son when I left was a baby, now they’re grown men with babies.”  The many flaws in the case against Mr Ford have been listed by the US press: No murder weapon was ever found and there were no eyewitnesses to the crime Mr Ford was initially implicated in the killing by a woman who later testified she had lied Mr Ford’s original court-appointed lawyers had never tried a murder case. Mr Ford, a black man, was convicted by an all-white jury who recommended the death sentence

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NYT: Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion Of Overtime Pay

 President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.  On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.  Under current federal regulations, workers who are deemed executive, administrative or professional employees can be denied overtime pay under a so-called white-collar exemption.

Under the new rules that Mr. Obama is seeking, fewer salaried employees could be blocked from receiving overtime, a move that would potentially shift billions of dollars’ worth of corporate income into the pockets of workers. Currently, employers are prohibited from denying time-and-a-half overtime pay to any salaried worker who makes less than $455 per week. Mr. Obama’s directive would significantly increase that salary level. In addition, Mr. Obama will try to change rules that allow employers to define which workers are exempt from receiving overtime based on the kind of work they perform. Under current rules, if an employer declares that an employee’s primary responsibility is executive, such as overseeing a cleanup crew, then that worker can be exempted from overtime.

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Yahoo: Ukraine Won’t Intervene In Crimea, President Says

Ukraine’s acting president said the country would not use its army to stop Crimea from seceding, the latest sign that a Russian annexation of the strategic peninsula may be imminent. Oleksandr Turchynov’s comments came after the Crimean parliament voted for independence ahead of a Sunday referendum on joining Russia, while Washington and Moscow locked horns in one of their fiercest clashes since the Cold War. The interim leader said intervening on the southeastern Black Sea peninsula, where Kremlin-backed forces have seized de facto control, would leave Ukraine exposed on its eastern border, close to Russia.

“We cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected,” Turchynov told AFP. Describing the secession vote as a “sham”, he said: “What they call the referendum will not happen in Crimea but in the offices of the Kremlin.” The latest escalation in the crisis also saw Moscow lash out at Washington for promising “illegal” financial assistance to Kiev’s new leaders, who rose to power on the back of three months of deadly protests that toppled a Russia-friendly regime. Undeterred, the European Union announced trade breaks worth 500 million euros ($690 million) Tuesday that could ease Ukraine’s burden from restrictions that Russia has threatened in response to Kiev’s tilt toward the West.

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LA Times: Funny Thing Is, Barack Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Segment Works

Something historic happened in the early hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The President of the United States was a guest on “Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis,” a highly occasional semi-fake talk show that lives on the website Funny or Die.  Obama went to the Web to promote the Affordable Care Act to the people — the young people — who hang out there. The choice of “Between Two Ferns,” with its cable-access vibe, eight-bit graphics, halting pace and awkward, unprepared, inappropriate and antagonistic host seems an odd one, certainly, an unwelcoming or unseemly platform either for the president or his pitch. But that is part of what makes it funny. And being funny is what makes it good.

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Randy Ludlow: ‘Voters Bill Of Rights’ Gets One Step Closer To Ohio Ballot

Supporters of an effort to add an “Ohio Voters Bill of Rights” to the Ohio Constitution soon could begin collecting signatures in their bid to place the measure on the statewide ballot. The office of Attorney General Mike DeWine yesterday certified language for the petitions as acceptable after rejecting previous wording on Feb. 13. Black legislative leaders, clergy members and civil-rights advocates are behind the initiative, which would require gathering 385,247 valid petition signatures of registered voters by July 2 to make the Nov. 4 ballot.

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Time: G-7 Nations Won’t Recognize Crimea Referendum

The leaders of the G-7 countries issues a stern admonition Wednesday to Russia for its aggression in Ukraine, warning that it would not recognize the outcome of a referendum in Crimea and would take collective action if Russia moved to annex the region. Russia’s annexation of Crimea would be a violation of the United Nations charter, said the G-7 in a statement, as well as several treaties Russia is party to. Crimea’s referendum would be a “deeply flawed process” held under the intimidating presence of Russian troops, it said.

“In addition to its impact on the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea could have grave implications for the legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states,” said the G-7. “Should the Russian Federation take such a step, we will take further action, individually and collectively.”

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Fuel Fix: Judge Rejects BP Bid To Halt Gulf Spill Payments

BP’s bid to temporarily halt payments under its $9.2 billion oil-spill settlement so that heightened accounting and fraud safeguards can be established was rejected by a federal judge in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, in a three-sentence ruling Tuesday, denied BP’s request without an explanation. BP has said widespread fraud and a faulty interpretation of settlement terms have caused the claims administrator to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in unwarranted claims for damage from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the worst U.S. offshore spill.

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It’s good to be President



Vanity Fair: The Game Of Thrones TV-Show Creator Already Know What Happens At The End Of The Book Series

Benioff and co-creator D. B. Weiss tell Windolf that the show has a lifespan, and they would like to wrap it up after seven or eight seasons. “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

Windolf also asks Benioff and Weiss about the recent rumors that President Obama receives screeners of the show to watch before the general public. In an e-mail, they jointly reply, “One perk of being the most powerful man in the world: yes, you get to see episodes early.”

More here



Yes it is. Congratulations, GOP. Your Obama Derangement Syndrome is at full blast



On This Day:

Sen. Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in Chicago on March 12, 2008


President Obama looks through the Oval Office door peephole as his personal secretary Katie Johnson watches, March 12, 2009 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to soldiers and family members during a visit to the Iron Mike Dining Facility at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 12, 2009

President Obama arrives for the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Hall at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington on March 12, 2009. Applauding are Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen


President Obama has lunch with, from left: Lt. Gen. Doug Lute, Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan; General John Allen, Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; and Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, March 12, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with the 2011-2012 White House Fellows in the Oval Office, March 12, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama arrives at the U.S. Capitol to meet with members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, March 12, 2013

120 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

    • 2 0388jojothecat
      March 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Dudette did you get enough rest? You have been posting some fantastic information since last night. Please take care of yourself and don’t over do it…we need you : )

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

  3. 13 vcprezofan2
    March 12, 2014 at 10:20 am


  4. 14 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Oh that umbrella silhouette picture! One of my favorites! Thank you NW! 😀

  5. 15 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

  6. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

  7. 20 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

  8. 21 JER
    March 12, 2014 at 10:25 am

  9. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

  10. 26 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:27 am


  11. 33 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

    • 34 Nerdy Wonka
      March 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Ladies and gentlemen, another racist face of the Republican party.

    • 35 anniebella
      March 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

      But hay Ryan and his Republicans aren’t racists, not one bit. There are people in the inner city who work their tails off, yes there are some lazy folks, but that goes for white folks too.

    • 36 Linda
      March 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

      He needs to visit rural white America……

      • 37 anniebella
        March 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

        They act as if white folks don’t get welfare and food stamps. The way the Republicans sounds it only the blacks, the latinos. We know exactly who they are talking about when they say inner city.

    • 38 sherijr
      March 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I hate this sob, who does he think he’s fooling? I live in the ‘inner city’ and what I see from dawn to longggg past dusk is people walking past my house to the corner bus stop to get to work, school, university- all day, every day.. 7 days a week, working- so they can live in a less than perfect neighborhood, with far from perfect schools- and probably not the best of wages. Kids catching city buses for long hours and longer days to get to the better high schools and colleges. He’s a lying scoundrel. period.

    • 41 Lovepolitics2008
      March 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      The man is completely clueless, like so many republicans. They don’t understand the problems, hence don’t have any clue about the solutions. As opposed to President Obama, who KNOWS what’s he’s talking about.

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      March 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Also, too, when was the last time Paul Lyin’ Ryan was in “the inner city”? Probably the soup kitchen he visited for the photo op, where he re-washed clean pots until the camera was turned off, was in a suburb in his cozy little town. This guy is EVIL PERSONIFIED.

      Inner-city folks: VOTE!

  12. 43 Ladyhawke
    March 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

    BBC NOW: Ukraine Crisis news conference with German and Polish leaders.

  13. 44 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

  14. 45 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Nail bashed!

  15. 48 amk for obama
    March 12, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Prosecutors in Switzerland have opened a money laundering investigation into Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.

    In a statement, the public prosecutor said she was now part of an inquiry already looking at alleged wrongdoing involving four Uzbeks linked to her.

    The investigation involves the business activities of a Swedish telecoms firm.

    Ms Karimova, 41, had her diplomatic immunity lifted last year when she lost her post as Uzbek envoy to the UN.

    A flamboyant businesswoman as well as a pop star in her home country, she is believed to have broad commercial interests in the Central Asian republic, ruled by her father Islam Karimov for more than two decades.

    The public prosecutor revealed on Wednesday that she had been under investigation since September 2013 and that her villa in Cologny, just outside Geneva, had been searched by police the previous month, a few weeks after her immunity was lifted.


  16. 49 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    This… [squee!]

    So this… [squee!]

  17. 50 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Have a great day everybody!

  18. 51 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    … but wait, there’s more:

  19. 52 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

  20. March 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

  21. 54 amk for obama
    March 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

  22. 55 GGail
    March 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

    NW, this is an awesome R&S – thank you!

    And I love that pic of “cool” POTUS 🙂

    Retired Adm. Mullen has been awfully quiet. His support of President is sorely missed.

  23. 57 Dudette
    March 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Watch this some more!

    • March 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

      I enjoyed the episode on Sunday, but I miss Carl Sagan. I looked up the old episode on youtube and I have to say, I think it was better. It didn’t feel as if he were talking down to me.

  24. 59 JER
    March 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

  25. 60 mtmarilyn
    March 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

    What a great R&S, NW. This is the place to get the real news. I have shown the “Between 2 Ferns” interview to many people who would never see it and they all thought it was so funny. Can’t believe how funny this President is.

    Off for the day.

  26. March 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I can’t bear the way they treat Sec Sebelius.

  27. 71 sherijr
    March 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Regarding the gentleman released from prison after 25 years. Oddly, I had just began watching a new fictional series on Netflix last night, called Rectify- about a man released after 20 years on death row. This was put out by Sundance. What is so mesmerizing about this show is how clearly it portrays this man’s state of mind over his ‘freedom’… being touched, after 20 yrs of either no touching, or only roughly treated.. hearing thunder, having windows.. a constant feeling of anticipation- good and bad- for what comes next from minute to minute. Its really an amazing bit of humane and compassionate story telling. Insight I’ve never seen as related to what this would mean to a human being locked up for years and years.. especially an innocent person.

  28. March 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Whew! The man is drop-dead stylish/elegant/yummy from the back, in the rain.

  29. March 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

  30. 79 JER
    March 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

  31. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 11:28 am

  32. 81 daisydem
    March 12, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Do we know what kind of buildings: Office, Apartments, both? I hope the hurt are not badly hurt.

  33. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 11:29 am

  34. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

  35. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

  36. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    March 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

  37. 88 amk for obama
    March 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

    • 89 amk for obama
      March 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

      btw, it’s an endorsement of the sentiment, not the candidate

    • 90 dotster3
      March 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      It’s hard to ignore the shameful fact that 55,000 fewer people voted yesterday than in 2012. Even if the Dem is not your dream candidate, you have to actually show up to vote anyway, to protect all causes and rights we are trying to protect. Because not devoting 15 minutes out of your day to this cause, to not bother to show up, means you voted Republican and for Repub control of this country. GOTV is key. And all Dems have to do to save this country is care enough to show up.

      • 91 dotster3
        March 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        55,000 fewer Dems.

        • 92 anniebella
          March 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

          They must be satisfied with Boehner, Ryan, Issa, and the tea party Republicans. 2010…..2010….2010….2010

      • 93 Nena20409
        March 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        But that is in an election a Dem lost by 15% to the late Young in the same district, POTUS carried by less than 1.5% against Romney in 2012.

        GW Bush won his seat too.

        Yes, Dems could have turned out more…….but the GOP in 44 years have a huge advantage,

        My problem here is the GOP and the Media carefully crafted a Narrative and once Dems bought into that narrative……with a Win by Jolly, many on the left are singing the Blues and are buying into a well crafted spin.

        Why isn’t the story about how the GOP won by just less than 4K votes……a district GW Bush carried and Young won by 12% and 15% respectively?

        Please don’t get me wrong. Debbie W-S DNC’s Chair is from FL and Alex Sink ran statewide and was defeated in 2010 by Scott. She was ahead there and lost at the end. The question should also be asked what went wrong to both FL Ladies. They should know FL more than any outsider.

        • 94 anniebella
          March 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          I agree with you about the narrative the GOP and Chuck Todd and the media crafted concerning this seat.

      • March 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        folks will show up to vote for something..Most folks do not vote in the abstract…..Floridians stood in lines for hours to vote because they were voting FOR the President…and because the GOP was trying to take their vote away…PBO understood that we have to have a motivated and engaged electorate…AMK was right…when he said that she was not a good candidate….she ran away from PBO…she was not an inspiring candidate who engaged the electorate or motivated them to vote…

        i hope that DEMs are paying attention…to be able to understand what led to victory in Va…and a defeat in FL….

  38. 97 Linda
    March 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Kentucky Bill Would Allow Rand Paul To Run For Senate, President At Same Time


    Good thing that Ky has a Dem Senate and a Dem Governor……..

    • 98 jacquelineoboomer
      March 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      If Rand Paul cannot run for the Senate at the same time, an election I’m sure he thinks he’d win, I kinda think he won’t run for the higher office (I don’t like to mention “the presidency” anywhere near his name). But I wish he’d leave the Senate, run for the higher office and lose, and then get off the freakin’ national stage and just go back to teaching young students how to cheat. At least the young students might balk, but who knows about the RWNJ voters.

  39. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    March 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    So I missed the introduction of “Like this”? Nobody called to wake me up, so I could be pre-notified? Ha! #Wheredidthatcomefrom

  40. 102 Nena20409
    March 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I wrote here yesterday that sen Feinstein made her 40 mins CIA speech during the Dem senate 14hrs Talk-A-Ton. I was 1001% wrong. I have just called the senator’s DC number @ 202-224-3841 and I challenged her messaging and was set straight. I told them that coming from rep Bachmann’s district, working on Dems’ behalf……that Dems in DC with their constant different messages make canvassing and trying to convert those that Dems need to win elections harder.

    I just wanted to set the record straight.

  41. 103 Nena20409
    March 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Woot ❗ “Like” This with a star is AWESOME. Thanks a Bunch ❗

  42. March 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    No one is fooled by Putin’s emulation of Hitler ….

    “Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, accused Russia of staging anti-Semitic “provocations” in Crimea in order to justify its invasion of the former Soviet republic.

    At a press conference in the Manhattan office of the United Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe, Bleich compared Russia’s behavior to that of the Nazis prior to the Anschluss invasion of Austria in 1938.

    “Things may be done by Russians dressing up as Ukrainian nationalists,” he said, adding that it’s “the same way the Nazis did when they wanted to go into Austria and created provocations.””

    Wish I could BOLD THIS: ““There were many differences of opinion throughout the revolution, but today all that is gone,” he said. “We’re faced by an outside threat called Russia. It’s brought everyone together.””


  43. March 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

  44. 106 Nena20409
    March 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm


    Jay’s not at the podium yet.

    No doubt, the WH Journos will devote loads of time on the FL elections.

    POTUS and FLOTUS were in FL over the weekend. I am sure that was also their way of supporting Alex Sink.

  45. 107 Nena20409
    March 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm


    Dr Ben Carlson said what? US is Like the Nazi Germany? This was said just 2 days ago.

  46. 109 Nena20409
    March 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Jay has a special Guest…..Betsy Stevenson for econ.

  47. March 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    President Obama is not playing ….

    US opens emergency oil stockpile in signal to Putin
    Department of Energy releases 5m barrels from Strategic Petroleum Reserve, first used in Gulf War”

    “The US has released oil from its strategic reserve in a move that will send a strong warning signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use energy as a weapon in its dispute with Washington over Ukraine.

    Buyers have until March 14 to purchase up to 5m barrels of crude the government has decided to release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a stockpile set up in 1975 to protect the world’s largest economy from energy shocks.

    The energy stockpiles were first tapped by the US government in 1990 as coalition forces launched military action to evict Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait. In 2011, Washington again offered to place crude on the market from the reserve to ease pressure on markets after Libya’s production was knocked out by the civil war.”


    • March 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      BTW, love the way the DOE downplays it, while at the same time noting just how expansive the SPR is and how much our underlying oil and natural gas infrastructure is. That’s actually the big message to Putin that this act draws attention.

      Thank you, once again, President Obama for extensively revitalizing all aspects of America’s NATIONAL energy policy and practice.


      Yes We Can

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      March 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Brilliant! And not a shot fired.

    • 113 Nena20409
      March 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Great Doc. Please post this again on the next thread to get a much need eye balls.

  48. 114 GGail
    March 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Why is the blue star at the end of each comment?

    What did I miss???@@@!!!!????

    • 115 Nena20409
      March 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      I clicked on the Blue Star. And there was a pop-up for e-mail address and password.

      NW loves Blue. Chips Loves Red.

      Hmm? I ‘m guessing WP did this ❓

    • 116 57andfemale
      March 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      We can now ‘like’ comments. Until it disappears. I don’t fall in love because it’s happened before and then vanishes.

  49. 119 Nena20409
    March 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Betsy….women are now almost 1/2 of Labor force.

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