Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan from the Treaty Room office in the White House Residence, Wednesday night, March 16, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)




HHS.Gov: Making Health Care Coverage More Accessible And Equitable For Same-Sex Couples

Today, we are clarifying that, starting next year, if an insurance company offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses, it cannot choose to deny that coverage to same-sex spouses. In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage. This will further enhance access to health care for all Americans, including those with same-sex spouses.

You can learn just how affordable coverage can be. Across the country, 6 out of 10 uninsured Americans can get covered for $100 per month or even less – some for a lot less.  And legally married same-sex couples are treated equally for purposes of financial assistance when purchasing coverage in the Marketplace, regardless of where they live.

Security and peace-of-mind are just a click or call away.  You can sign up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at HealthCare.gov or 1-800-318-2596.  You can even get in-person help in your own community (just visit localhelp.healthcare.gov and punch in your zip code).

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Joshua Green: The Jeep Plant Mitt Romney Said Was Moving To China Is Hiring 1,000 Workers In Ohio

Remember the closing days of the 2012 presidential campaign when Mitt Romney ran that explosive ad suggesting Chrysler was going to stop building Jeeps in Ohio and move production to China? The one that got “Four Pinocchios” from the fact-checker at the Washington Post? Anyway, that Jeep plant? It didn’t move to China. And it’s actually doing quite well. No, scratch that: It’s going gangbusters. Demand for Jeeps is so high that Chrysler workers are clocking 60 hours a week and still can’t keep up. So according to the Toledo Blade, the company is planning on hiring up to 1,000 part-time workers—American workers, in Ohio—so they can crank out enough Jeeps to meet the demand.

These workers are even going to get health insurance. In case you’re wondering, hiring temp workers isn’t a maneuver to deny regular workers their hours. “You’ve gotta remember, these people [the regular workers] are working 10 hours a day, six days a week,” a UAW boss who helped negotiate the deal told the Blade. “It’s very important to have the day off you want with your family.” The Blade further reports that Chrysler has already hired 380 of these temp employees and converted 50 of them to full-time jobs.

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NYT: Under Watch Of Russian Troops, Crimea Votes On Secession

With thousands of heavily-armed Russian troops occupying this perenially embattled peninsula, the voters of Crimea went to the polls on Sunday to vote on secession from Ukraine in a public referendum that Western leaders have declared illegal and vowed to punish with economic sanctions. With the outcome of the vote virtually a foregone conclusion in a region that shares a language and centuries of history with Russia, the greater suspense lay in how swiftly and forcefully the United States and its European allies would levy threatened sanctions against allies of President Vladimir V. Putin, including senior Russian officials and business leaders. The answers were likely to depend to some degree on whether Mr. Putin showed any signs of acting quickly to annex Crimea or order further military incursion beyond Crimea’s borders, perhaps to seize vital infrastructure including water and energy supplies. “Our people must be united in Russia,” Yelena Parkholenko, 27, a manicurist with violet hair, said matter-of-factly after casting her vote at School No. 21 here in Simferopol, the Crimean capital.

It was a sentiment repeated over and over again at polling stations as citizens with misgivings about joining Mr. Putin’s Russian Federation, particularly Crimean Tatars, a Muslim Turkic people with a history of persecution by Russia, generally opted to stay home rather than participate in what they called a rigged vote. The referendum offered no option that would maintain Crimea’s current status of limited autonomy from the Ukrainian government in Kiev. The referendum asked voters: “Are you in favor of the reunification of Crimea with Russia as part of the Russian Federation?” or “Are you in favor of restoring the 1992 Constitution and the status of Crimea as a part of Ukraine?” The second choice would effectively grant Crimea independence without immediately breaking from Kiev, but such a break would be inevitable and the Ukrainian government, like the West, has rejected the vote as illegal.

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Timothy Egan: Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia

IN advance of St. Patrick’s Day, I went time traveling, back to the 1840s and Ireland’s great famine. On one side of the Irish Sea was Victorian England, flush with the pomp and prosperity of the world’s mightiest empire. On the other side were skeletal people, dying en masse, the hollow-bellied children scrounging for nettles and blackberries. A great debate raged in London: Would it be wrong to feed the starving Irish with free food, thereby setting up a “culture of dependency”? Certainly England’s man in charge of easing the famine, Sir Charles Trevelyan, thought so. “Dependence on charity,” he declared, “is not to be made an agreeable mode of life.”

And there I ran into Paul Ryan. His great-great-grandfather had fled to America. But the Republican congressman was very much in evidence, wagging his finger at the famished. His oft-stated “culture of dependency” is a safety net that becomes a lazy-day hammock. But it was also England’s excuse for lethal negligence. Ryan boasts of the Gaelic half of his ancestry, on his father’s side. “I come from Irish peasants who came over during the potato famine,” he said last year during a forum on immigration. BUT with a head still stuffed with college-boy mush from Ayn Rand, he apparently never did any reading about the times that prompted his ancestors to sail away from the suffering sod.

You can’t make these kinds of heartless remarks unless you think the poor deserve their fate — that they have a character flaw, born of public assistance. And there hovers another awful haunt of Irish history. In 2012, Ryan said that the network of programs for the American poor made people not want to work. On Wednesday, he went further, using the language of racial coding. You never hear Ryan make character judgments about generations of wealthy who live off their inheritance, or farmers who get paid not to grow anything. Nor, for that matter, does he target plutocrats like Romney who might be lulled into not taking risks because they pay an absurdly low tax rate simply by moving money around. Dependency is all one-way.

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Igor Volsky: Federal Judge Recognizes Marriages Of 3 Same-Sex Couples In Tennessee

A federal judge recognized the marriages of three same-sex Tennessee couples on Friday, issuing a preliminary injunction against the state’s same-sex marriage ban. “At this point, all signs indicate that, in the eyes of the United States Constitution, the plaintiffs’ marriages will be placed on an equal footing with those of heterosexual couples and that proscriptions against same-sex marriage will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history,”

Judge Aleta Trauger wrote in the order. The ruling only applies to the three couples who filed the lawsuit last year asking the state to recognize their marriages, which had been performed in New York or California. Tennessee outlawed same-sex marriage in 1998 and passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman in 2008.

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Think Progress: Federal Judge Strikes Down One Of The Strictest Abortion Laws In The Nation

A federal judge struck down on of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation on Friday, ruling that that a measure in Arkansas restricting abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy “impermissibly infringes a woman’s Fourteenth Amendment right to elect to terminate a pregnancy before viability” of the fetus.

The law cut off women’s access to legal abortion services well before the point of viability, which is typically around 24 weeks. However, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright’s ruling “let stand the law’s requirement that a woman seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound to determine whether a fetal heartbeat is present.” The legislature overrode Gov. Mike Beebe’s (D) veto and enacted the law in March 2013, which had initially sought to ban abortions after just six weeks.

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Jonathan Cohn: Begala To Dems: Come Out Swinging On Obamacare

And with Republicans making Obamacare the focus of their midterm strategy, many Democrats have been responding with a mixed message: Acknowledge the Affordable Care Act has flaws, but vow to fix them rather than repeal them. That seems to be roughly consistent with polls, which suggest the majority of Americans don’t like the health care law but the majority also don’t want to get rid of it. But nuanced messages have problems, even if the nuances reflect public sentiments. A politician who starts with backpedaling (“Yes, the law has problems, but…”) is bound to sound weak. And weak politicians don’t generally make attractive candidates. But it appears at least one prominent Democratic strategist is thinking along the same lines.

The strategist is Paul Begala. In an interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, who has become the go-to source for insights into liberal political strategy, Begala gives Democrats some blunt advice: “We should flip the wording of how we talk about Obamacare. Open on offense, instead of defense.” That would mean starting the conversation by reminding voters what Republicans propose to take away—like guaranteed insurance, even for people with pre-existing conditions, and extra assistance on Medicare prescription drugs. One reason to think the argument might work is that it worked once before. In 2012, President Obama used a very similar set of arguments—and adopted a very similar posture—in his campaign against Mitt Romney. He attacked Romney and the Republicans relentlessly—pointing out that, if successful, repeal would mean more exposure to insurance company abuses and fewer people with insurance.

But the benefits of Obamacare are also a lot less hypothetical than they were when Obama was talking about them on the stump. People who could never get insurance have it for the first time. People who could barely afford premiums are getting financial help. People who had weak coverage, with major gaps, finally have comprehensive insurance. These are real constituencies, with stories that can resonate just as much as the ones on Fox News.

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On This Day:

Earl M. Bourdon Center, Claremont, NH, March 16, 2007


President Obama has lunch with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, March 16, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a young girl after she and local students planted in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House, March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011: The President meets with national security aides John Brennan, foreground, and Denis McDonough after talking on the phone with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan a few days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The call was made near midnight from the Treaty Room office in the White House Residence. Most nights after dinner and time with his family, the President retreats to this office where he catches up on paperwork and reads his briefing material for the next day.” Photo by Pete Souza.


First Lady Michelle Obama at the Air National Guard base in St. Paul, Minn. on March 16, 2012 for a roundtable discussion with military and other local community leaders dedicated to supporting military families

Neighbors and supporters wave to President Obama upon his arrival in an Atlanta, Ga., neighborhood for an event, March 16, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets neighbors and supporters upon his arrival to an Atlanta, Ga., neighborhood for an event, March 16, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Audience members listen as President Obama delivers remarks at a reception in Atlanta, Ga., March 16, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


119 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Cindy
    March 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Happy Sunday!

  2. March 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Thanks an absolute gazillion Nerdy, another brilliant collection of links and stories.

    In light of sporting matters, is it too early for me to open a bottle of whiskey?

    • 3 Nerdy Wonka
      March 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

      1. Thanks.

      2. I’m not quite thrilled with Liverpool advancing to second place, I would have preferred Manchester United to win because it helps Chelsea, but I have no sympathies for you and Manchester United. You cheat to get first place on TOD, then mock Chelsea, and BAM! Your team chokes. 😀

      3. Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

      4. Does naked rain dance so that Chelsea moves farther ahead in points to escape that dratted Liverpool.

      • March 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

        I was hoping for a shoulder to cry on 😥

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        March 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

        “You cheat to get first place on TOD, then mock Chelsea”

        Doesn’t this imply that Chelsea cheats? /retreats quickly to await answer from afar……just in case/

        • March 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

          An excellent point VC, thank you. And good moooooooorning!

        • 11 Nerdy Wonka
          March 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

          EXCUSE ME?!?!?! HOW DARE YOU?!?!

          Chelsea got to first place legitimately. Manchester United is tanking because Fergie who used to help them cheat is bye bye and Moyes has revealed the weakness of the team.

          • 12 vcprezofan2
            March 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

            /insert smilie that denotes innocence here/ Ignorant of the sport details, and being a lover of words, *I* was simply clarifying the message conveyed in your earlier words, Ms Wonka.

            So, despite your righteous indignation, the question remains, as implied in your original comment, did Chelsea’s ‘legitimately’ also involve some cheating? Inquiring mind is curious.
            /moved back away from the mike, again with judicious speed/

          • 13 vcprezofan2
            March 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

            BTW, your words ‘Fergie who used to help them cheat’ again cements the notion that winning in this league(?) can only be accomplished by cheating, thereby again casting doubt on Chelsea’s wins. Hmmmmm.

            DISCLAIMER – I am not a sports addict; simply a sometimes word/connotation junkie.

  3. 18 vcprezofan2
    March 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

    A seriously 😎

  4. 22 Allison
    March 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

    GM All! Thanks NW for the R&S !

  5. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    March 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

  6. 26 yardarm756
    March 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

  7. 27 Cindy
    March 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and Danny Boy!

    Happy Sunday….

    Chipsticks, thank you for the beautiful pictures of Danny Boy. He is a big handsome beautiful boy…..loved his blog.

    I hope Momma Chipsticks is doing well and feeling 100% better through her recovery. Thank you for the news that matters. Lurking due to busy schedule but I have tried to tune in to stay updated.

    Have a WONDERFUL DAY!!!

  8. 28 Cindy
    March 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Good morning TOD Universe….

    Happy Sunday morning to “EVERYONE.”

    Wishing everyone a joyful and beautiful day.

    Thank you Nerdy Wonka, Chipsticks, LL, Mr. Bobfr and all contributors to TOD, for the wonderful pictures, tweets, and updates. This is the place for “real news.”


  9. 29 JER
    March 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Good Morning NW. Great Rise and Shine.

    Here are some super excited supporters welcoming President Obama on March 16, 2012 in Sherwood Forest, a neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia.

  10. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    March 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    HOLY SMOKES!!!! Charles Pierce follows me and retweeted me!!!!

  11. 37 amk for obama
    March 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    It’s curtains for the reds. Sorry bt.

  12. 39 vcprezofan2
    March 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    GM, Ms Wonka, and thank you for always providing a bellyful to chew on! Much appreciated as always. Enjoy all that you have lined up for *your* Sunday!

  13. 40 Allison
    March 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Question: Why is Gibbs anti-PBO White House? What happened?

    • 41 hopefruit2
      March 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Someone on Twitter predicted yesterday that Robert Gibbs and that Ralston guy were on MTP only to trash the WH/Dems. I guess they were right about that.

      Gibbs seems very bitter indeed. I’m not sure what happened but since he started working for MSNBC his entire demeanor changed. I’m keeping my eye on Axelrod who also works for MSNBC but still seems loyal – even though he’s been pimping the “Hillary/2016” meme quite a bit.

      • 42 Allison
        March 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

        Thanks, HF.

      • 43 anniebella
        March 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

        Maybe Gibbs were easy out of the job. Make you wonder if Gibbs were really a team player.

      • 44 99ts
        March 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        Something happened when he left the white house – and given that Jay does such a better job at handling the children of the WHPC – it would be interesting to know why he left. Maybe one day. Meanwhile, I saw his 1st appearance on MJ whenever it was & he was bitter and full of hate for the administration. Axelrod has stayed strong for PBO & is not afraid to call out the RW bigots on MSNBC including MJ.

      • 45 africa
        March 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        Once I saw his guest lists yesterday, I figured the agenda: Here

        • 46 hopefruit2
          March 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

          Ah..it was you who predicted the negative Dem narrative yesterday. Yes, now I remember your tweets and going hmm….yes that’s most likely the agenda. You were 100% right!

          Within the next hour or so I’m will be posting a righteous rant about AJAM (Al Jazeera America), and why people must be very, very careful of that outlet.

    • 48 Layla
      March 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Follow the $$$$$$$$!!!!!

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      March 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    • 50 Nena20409
      March 16, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      This guy worked for then state senator Obama in 2004, Then US senator Obama and Pres Obama until after 2012. What I don’t get is why the WH ignores distancing from him.

      8 years is a long time. I just don’t get it.

  14. March 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Cindy and VC on #1! 🙂 Thanks NW for this wonderful Sunday R & S round-up. I especially look forward to seeing the Medal of Honor ceremony on Tuesday if I can 🙂 🙂

  15. 55 desertflower
    March 16, 2014 at 11:37 am


    Regardless, Gallup also reported several encouraging trends regarding the uninsured and Obamacare. A separate survey from last week found that at least 55 percent of the uninsured say they plan to buy insurance this year rather than pay a fine, and that more than half of the uninsured who say they will buy insurance plan to do so through an Obamacare marketplace.

    People DON’T hate this:) They are going to love it even more when they have it…Good morning, TOD!

  16. 56 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I’m not familiar with this JDS09 account, but I agree with their tweet about AJAM. Glad I’m not the only one who is not impressed with AJAM.

    • 57 amk for obama
      March 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.”

      Some loony left pundtwit going by his “org”. Notice never mentions gop even once, except their “takeovers of the house in 1994 & 2010”?

    • March 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      I’ve become so jaundiced that I had doubts about AJAM when it started just because it was a US news operation. And it was hiring the usual suspects.

  17. 59 JER
    March 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

  18. March 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the great rise and shine NW. There are lots of pics i have never seen.

  19. 62 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    NY Times sure loves to harbor these GOP operatives pretending to be journalists….

    • 63 Vicki
      March 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

      The day I manage to do just that will be a big day for me. NYTimes at my door every morning is an expensive addiction and like most addictions the pain it brings me sometimes and increasingly outweighs the benefit.

      • 64 Nerdy Wonka
        March 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        If it’s easier for you, you can just read their stuff online or check in with their Twitter feed since they also post the stories online. That’s how I read the NYT.

        If you appreciate the hard copy in your hands, then that’s cool.

        • 65 Vicki
          March 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

          Someday soon I’ll make the call and cancel. I thought the Times was behind a paywall and I”d have to pay to read it online. Although surely that would be less than home delivery now almost 60 per month.

    • 66 africa
      March 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Remember he is of the Politico stripe. He is the one married to Betsy Martin of Meet the Press. While he was still at Politico, he blocked me for stating over and again that I thought that it was all an inside game regarding their reporting.

      • 67 hopefruit2
        March 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        These frauds can’t stand to hear to the truth about themselves and the corporations that fund them. Like their GOP friends in congress, they’re good at “blocking”. Block & obstruct, and spew garbage – that’s all they do 24/7.

    • 68 anniebella
      March 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Before Bill R. cancel that rag the NYT he should let them know exactly why he is canceling it.

  20. 69 Vicki
    March 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Nerdy Wonka—-Thank you for the Paul Begala piece!!! Paul nails it doesn’t he?
    ACA is a great and good thing. Dems can and should run on Obamacare.
    Obamacare and raising the minimum wage, immigration reform. What a platform can’t lose.

    It must be upside down time in DC.
    Begala a strong ally and Gibbs a bitter opponent.

    • 70 Nerdy Wonka
      March 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Thanks, Vicki and I concur with your comment. Democrats running away from a law that has protected and made life better for over 10M+ people is nuts.

    • 71 jziglar
      March 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Paul Begala has always been a loyal democrat. He was part of the Clinton team in the 90’s but I always thought he was better than James Carville.

  21. 73 Allison
    March 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    He’s getting well-deserved pushback.

  22. 85 amk for obama
    March 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  23. 86 Allison
    March 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  24. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

  25. 90 desertflower
    March 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Morning MUST READ…with a lesson for voters that care about their community/state/country…..PULL YOUR HEAD”S OUT! (That one was totally mine)


  26. 92 dotster3
    March 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I saw this the other night—–a must see

    • 93 desertflower
      March 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      If this is the episode about the fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer $$ in Afghanistan…it’s a MUST SEE. We need to get the hell outta there…and do a gut check. This is sinful. HBO Go should have this, too. Thanks, dotster. Must see TV.

  27. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    from a few messages I have seen on line, the beltway never disappoints;

    as in the recent past, beltway seems to be giving the FL special election more importance than it deserves while at the same time insisting that politically savvy Dems should run away from PBO & Obamacare ;

    problem is that beltway keeps talking to and interviewing themselves and have no clue about the lives of ordinary people who are striving to make ends meet day by day;

  28. March 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    That’s approximately in 70 min from the time stamp of this comment ….


  29. 102 anniebella
    March 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    That whole voting thing in Crimea is fix, I saw on CNN early this morning when I was turning the channels and they were talking about where they saw a man put two ballots in the voting thing. It’s a done deal, cause the right wing conservatives President Putin has it all fix.

  30. 108 dotster3
    March 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  31. 109 Nena20409
    March 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Good Sunday to all my TOD comrades.

    We are all Crimeans today? I see that McCain is already back to USA from Ukraine?

    I haven’t said much on this topic. It was deliberate on my part. I appreciated all the posts about this unlawful invasion by Putin posted by Doc and many TODers.

    Great R&S. Thanks bt.

  32. 111 desertflower
    March 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm


    “Poverty is a thief,” said Michael Reisch, a professor of social justice at the University of Maryland, testifying before a Senate panel on the issue. “Poverty not only diminishes a person’s life chances, it steals years from one’s life.”

    That reality is playing out across the country. For the upper half of the income spectrum, men who reach the age of 65 are living about six years longer than they did in the late 1970s. Men in the lower half are living just 1.3 years longer.

  33. 112 Nena20409
    March 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Menino, Boston Mayor for over 20 yrs has advance Cancer.

    David Brenan(sp) a Comedian is dead at 78yrs old.

  34. 113 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm


    So I’ve been occasionally complaining about Al Jazeera America (ajam), the relatively new media outlet, and even prior to its debut, I had my misgivings about what it was going to be like. Well, my concerns were not unfounded, and ajam is now another Libertarian propaganda outlet. They are careful to disguise their leanings and try to appear “objective” by hiding behind the word “opinion” to push their anti-Obama hit pieces. I went down their Twitter TL as far back as I could (MAR 02, 2014), and ~97% of their opinion articles are anti-Obama hit pieces. NONE of their negative “opinion” articles are about the GOP in congress or any Republican for that matter. With perhaps one or two exceptions, very few negative “opinion” articles about Putin or Russia despite almost 24/7 reporting on the events there.

    Here are just a few of their their tweets which are dead giveaways as to their agenda:

    (note the snarky tone: “Michelle-Obama approved”)

    No this race was not over health-care. Only Republicans/GOP supporters want us to believe that.

    I know quite a few Obama supporters at TOD or or Twitter follow them. But I’m just putting it out there that ajam’s real agenda needs to be exposed. They are not who/what they claim to be – that is, an unbiased objective news outlet. They are yet another Libertarian mouthpiece trying to undermine the current administration, demoralize Democrats and Obama supporters in particular, and indirectly help the GOP (without appearing to do so).

    • 114 Vicki
      March 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I’m with you Hopefruit on AJA. It is a shame it is nothing more than another website intent on protecting the status quo of the 1%.
      Libertarian RW Repub Conservative—all the same. Anti-Progressive ideas, anti-Obama.
      We all hoped Al jazeera America would be better than it is.

  35. 115 Nena20409
    March 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm


    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) reminded Meet the Press host David Gregory Sunday morning that NBC had covered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Olympic games in Sochi, a “charm offensive” that turned out to be a prelude to Putin’s invasion of the Crimean peninsula.

    The comment came in response to Gregory’s question about whether the U.N.’s critique of the United States’ human rights record (drones, NSA surveillance, etc.) made it difficult to maintain leverage when dealing with Russia.

  36. March 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Crimea vote result won’t be recognized: EU’s Barroso, Van Rompuy

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The secession referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea is illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognized, The European Union’s top officials said in a joint statement on Sunday.

    EU foreign ministers will decide on possible measures at a meeting in Brussels on Monday.


  37. 118 WilTal
    March 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Good afternoon everyone and Happy Sunday!

    Nerdy, as usual, your R&S is bursting with such good information. Thank you.


  38. 119 HZ
    March 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    A beautiful joyous day to my Chips, Danny and TOD family. Many loving hugs to Mom Chips{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Love you Mom}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}.

    A wonderful thank you to Nerdy W. Your gift to all of us is so appreciated. I enjoy relaxing and reading all of the gems on each post. Chips, you have a group of the best contributors. TY, you all!!!

    Has anyone heard from tnmtngirl? Hope all is well in her space. May all of my TOD family members consider the love that flows from my space to yours as you cope with all physical situations in your space. {{{{{{ Lift up your giants with energy that is long lasting and of goodness}}}}}

    Everyone please enjoy your space and remember to place those lovely gems of laughter, lovely spoken words of your truths, actions of compassion, prayers of loving energies for our President and his Cabinet, and Hope to continue to occupy our minds and souls.

    We are going to be fine. #TrustBarack as Bobfr reminds us always. Be gentle in your space, and allow only those things that gives you hope, inspiration, loving kindness in the middle of the hate streams, and floods of loving hugs to your families, friends, and those you see in need of help. Reach out and focus on what we need to do to help our POTUS to carrying on. The distractions will come, but we are better than they are, because our purpose is for goodness to touch hearts and lives for the best that can flow through their space.

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving Day for my TOD family}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} A special hug for my Danny Boy((((((((((((())))))))))))))HZ

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