Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, tour the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern):

11:0: President Obama Speaks on Ukraine

Times below now delayed:

11:0 President Obama departs White House

1:25: Arrives Orlando, Florida

2:0: Takes part in a roundtable with Valencia College students and local workers; Valencia College, Orlando

3:45: Departs Orlando

4:35: Arrives Miami

5:10: Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Miami

7:35: Delivers remarks and takes questions at a fundraiser for House Democrats; private residence, Miami

8:50: Departs Miami

11:20: Arrives White House


First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson, her daughters Sasha and Malia arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, March 20




Information on the First Lady’s trip to China here




Olga Khazan: For Women, The Benefits Of Insurance Outweigh Its Costs

For young women who qualify for subsidies, the free benefits of insurance offset the cost of paying for it, according to a new analysis from Nerdwallet, a consumer financial education site. The company calculated that for a 27-year-old who earns an income of $25,000, the cost of a silver insurance plan will be approximately $1,740 per year, and a bronze plan will cost approximately $1,116 per year.  But that cost is cancelled out by the range of women’s preventative health services that all insurance plans must now cover. For example, while a year’s supply of Yasmin birth control would normally have cost women $744, it’s now free for those with insurance under Obamacare.

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Andrew Sprung: The Satisfied Unsubsidized: Obamacare’s Hidden Winners

More than 80 percent of the people who have signed up for health plans through state or federal Affordable Care Act exchanges qualify for subsidies to help pay premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses. But what about all the millions who don’t have access to employer-sponsored health insurance but also don’t qualify for subsidies? About half of the 12 million Americans buying health insurance on the individual market are subsidy-ineligible, according to the Urban Institute. Are they all fuming and lining up to appear in anti-Obamacare commercials? Chances are not. As veterans of the individual market, many are accustomed to its shocks and uncertainties. But many are finding their options much better and their status less precarious than in the pre-ACA market.

“Finally, in December, I was able to get on the site and look for plans in Georgia that included the doctors we used—most especially for my daughter and her preexisting condition. I found one for around $1,100 per month for my family, and being the capitalist I am, went to compare it to the private marketplace.” That turned out to be a wise idea. Brad found a Humana plan that included the family’s current doctors with a family deductible of $2,500, just half that of the plan he’d considered on the exchange. While the monthly premium was about $100 more expensive, he felt the tradeoff was worthwhile. “I was surprised the private market was so accommodating,” Brad says. “Before the ACA, I couldn’t find anything like this.”

Jonathan and Rose, forty-somethings in Washington State who are also subsidy-ineligible, viewed that option differently. Over the course of 20 years, the couple had cycled variously through employer policies, COBRA, two state high-risk pools (Rose has a preexisting condition) and individual policies. They compared plans on- and off-exchange and found those on the exchange marginally cheaper. But they could have bought the plan of their choice, available through the state exchange, directly from the insurer. Why not spare themselves the extra step as Karen and Brad did? “I chose to buy through the exchange because future income is never guaranteed and if I end up unemployed or with a lower-than-expected income in 2014, I can get the subsidies later when I file my taxes, if I’m eligible,” Jonathan explained.

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Jonathan Chait: Barack Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Poverty, And Culture

Second, Coates argues (in yesterday’s column) that right-wing and liberal advocates of the cultural explanation have the same worldview. “What Ryan said here is not very far from what Bill Cosby, Michael Nutter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama said before him,” he writes, “The idea that poor people living in the inner city, and particularly black men, are ‘not holding up their end of the deal’ as Cosby put it, is not terribly original or even, these days, right-wing.” There are points of overlap, to be sure, but the Ryan argument is dramatically different. Ryan’s analysis — or, at least, the analysis that follows consistently from his remarks and his policy agenda — is that culture now represents the entirety of the problem with the black poor. He attributes that culture to incentives put in place by the government not to work, and believes that removing those harmful incentives, in the form of cutting benefit programs, would teach poor black people to fend for themselves.

Obama’s habit of speaking about this issue primarily to black audiences is Obama seizing upon his role as the most famous and admired African-American in the world to urge positive habits and behavior. Coates is equating exhortation with analysis when he cites Obama urging African-Americans to “get off the couch and stop watching SportsCenter and go register some folks and go to the polls.” Coates responds acidly that African-Americans “voted at higher rates than any other ethnic group in the country. They voted for Barack Obama. Our politics have not changed.” The Obama quote cited by Coates is from January 2008. Before then, black people turned out in presidential elections at lower rates than white people. Since, then, they have turned out at higher rates.

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Carrie Dann: Obama Rules Out ‘Military Excursion’ In Ukraine

President Barack Obama on Thursday ruled out a “military excursion” by the United States in Ukraine, saying that engaging Russia militarily “would not be appropriate.” “We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine,” he said in an interview with KNSD in San Diego. “What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message, which is that Ukraine should decide their destiny.” “There is a better path, but I think even the Ukrainians would acknowledge that for us to engage Russia militarily

would not be appropriate and would not be good for Ukraine either,” he added. In a separate interview with KSDK in St. Louis, Obama reiterated that a military option is not on the table but that the United States and its allies are prepared to take “even more disruptive economic actions.” Obama granted interviews to six local television stations on Wednesday. In the interview with KNSD, the president insisted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “acted out of weakness, not out of strength,” saying that Putin is “not comfortable” with countries loosening their ties to the Kremlin in favor of more freedom to deal with the West.

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Breanna Edwards: Oprah To Headline At Virginia Democrat’s Fundraiser

All other Virginia Democrat campaigns, move aside: Oprah Winfrey is raising funds for Lavern Chatman, who is hoping to replace retiring Rep. Jim Moran, also a Democrat, New York’s Daily News reports. The talk-show icon will be the headliner at an April 5 fundraiser in Arlington.

Chatman, former president of the Northern Virginia Urban League, says she’s “delighted” that her “good friend” Oprah will be helping her with the campaign. “To win a race like this, you need a lot of support and a strong grassroots effort,” Chatman told The Hill, the Daily News notes. “Our campaign is off to a tremendous start. We have inspired new volunteers and re-engaged many voters.”

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NYT: Racing To Deadline, White House Plays To Young In Health Care Push

In the past three weeks, Mr. Obama has met with YouTube personalities in the Roosevelt Room, hosting some of the younger generation’s online favorites: a science geek, a drunken chef and an Obama impersonator. He dialed into Rickey Smiley’s hip-hop radio show and sat down in the Diplomatic Reception Room for separate interviews with the comedian Zach Galifianakis and a health care expert from WebMD. “We are going to leave no stone unturned,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and the leader of the White House public engagement office, which is coordinating the Affordable Care Act effort. “Our goal is to meet people where they are.”

Michelle Obama urged people to sign up in an appearance at a health center in a black neighborhood in Miami, and made the pitch on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. plugged the health care site at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta. The final push comes at a time when the administration is juggling other priorities. On March 6, at the height of the crisis in Ukraine, Mr. Obama spoke on the phone with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for an hour before going across town to urge Latinos to enroll during a town-hall meeting at a museum broadcast on three Spanish-language television networks. He returned to the White House a couple of hours later to announce the first sanctions on Russia.

On a conference call last week with almost 3,000 pastors, Mr. Obama declared it “crunch time” and asked them to do whatever they could do to urge members of their churches to sign up. At a small church in the Tampa, Fla., neighborhood of Sulphur Springs, the Rev. Timothy Wynn took up the challenge on Sunday. In front of about 50 parishioners, he delivered a sermon that combined his religious guidance with a pitch for insurance. Another YouTube star at the meeting was Hannah Hart, whose show “My Drunk Kitchen” is irreverent and hugely popular. An episode about making a grilled cheese sandwich while tipsy has gotten more than three million views, and a brunch episode, during which Ms. Hart repeatedly downs mimosas as she cooks pancakes and eggs, has gotten two million. In a video she made after leaving the White House meeting, Ms. Hart plugged the president’s website for her viewers.

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Milt Shook: Answering Charlie Pierce: Much Of The Democratic “Base” Isn’t Their Actual Base

In a blog post yesterday one of my favorite columnists, Charlie Pierce (he’s not just a liberal, but a hell of a sports columnist, too), posed a question that I have asked for many years. In fact, it’s a question that many progressives are getting sick of me asking, because they hate the answer: Somebody is going to have to explain to me why the Democratic “base,” which is presumably younger and more spry than the older and whiter Republican “base,” is nonetheless less likely to turn out for midterm elections than the That Sean Hannity Reminds Me Of My Grandson crowd. It is taken as a given, and past performance indicates clearly that it’s usually the case, but I’m not sure why it has to be. So, in the interest to changing this curious dynamic, let me take this red-hot poker and shove it up the base’s ass.

But let’s explain this to Charlie, since he asked: The easy answer, Charlie, is that many, if not most, of the people who proclaim themselves the Democratic “base” are actually anything but. Among these are a bunch of self-proclaimed (mostly white and not poor) progressives who complain about Democrats more than they complain about the current incarnation of the Republican Party. They seem to imagine themselves political experts, even though their actions show a profound ignorance of the real process. Many of them aren’t even registered Democratic, nor would they deign to set foot in a Democratic caucus of any kind. They’re not the “base,” by any stretch.

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Kobe Bryant talks Basketball, President Barack Obama, ObamaCare, and why everyone should get covered now. Begins at 9:00


Washington Post: This Guy Knew When Obamacare Enrollment Would Hit 5M Before Anyone Else. Now He’s Predicting 6.2M

The Obama administration on Monday announced that 5 million people had signed up for Obamacare exchange plans. Hours earlier, a self-employed Web developer from Michigan had already predicted the milestone would be hit on Monday. Meet Charles Gaba: He’s not a professional statistician, heath care expert or a political operative. He’s a self-described “numbers geek” who just wants to know how the new health care law is actually doing.

He’s been tracking the most up-to-date enrollment information and offering his own projections on his blog, ACAsignups.net. On the same day he predicted the 5 million signups milestone, he accurately predicted California would hit the 1 million mark. For policy wonks and health care journalists who have clamored for more information about Obamacare enrollment, Gaba’s blog has become a must-read. His next big prediction: The final signup tally will hit 6.22 million.

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Ylan Mui: Federal Reserve Lays Groundwork For First Interest Rate Spike

The Federal Reserve spent the past five years driving home a single message: Zero percent interest rates are here to stay. Now it is preparing to change its tune. The nation’s central bank said Wednesday it will look at a broad swath of indicators – including job market data, inflation expectations and financial developments – as it determines when to raise rates for the first time since the recession hit. The deliberately vague wording is a retreat from the Fed’s concrete promise to leave rates untouched.

Though they disagree on when to act – targets range from this year to 2016 – the statement signals the moment has finally come within striking distance. The Fed has cast the shift as merely a change in semantics, not in official policy. In its statement, the central bank tried to assure investors that rates could remain below historical levels – even if they are no longer at zero.

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ESPN: MSU Honored That Obama Chose Spartans

Three weeks ago, the expectations for the Michigan State basketball team were pretty low. Riddled with injuries and unable to find any semblance of chemistry, it seemed as though the Spartans were a team destined for an early NCAA tournament exit. A few wins and Big Ten tournament title later, they’re the No. 4 seed in the East Region. The expectations soared as fans discussed how under-seeded the Spartans were, how they were no worse off than Michigan or Wisconsin, which both received No. 2 seeds.

Then, President Obama picked the Spartans to win it all in his annual “Barack-etology.” For Michigan State, it was fine to know that experts and analysts were picking the Spartans to cut down the nets, but when the president of the United States knew the names and stats and stories of the Michigan State team, it struck some members of the team.  “When I saw that it was just bizarre that Barack Obama picked us and he was talking aboutKeith [Appling] and injuries and us getting back and playing together as a team,” Branden Dawson said.

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On This Day:

President Barack Obama watches his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, on TV as she breaks ground for the White House vegetable garden, March 20, 2009. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs watches with him in the Upper Press Office of the West Wing. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama drops by Vice President Joe Biden’s meeting with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev in the Vice President’s Office in West Wing of the White House, March 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama walks through the Outer Oval Office in between health care meetings, March 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her grandson, following a meeting with Democratic Members of Congress to discuss the health insurance reform vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama plays soccer with children at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch a capoeira performance during their tour of the Ciudad de Deus Favela in Rio de Janeiro, March 20, 2011

President Barack Obama waves to people gathered on the street outside the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama fist bumps a young person reaching through the door at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama acknowledges applause after he delivers a speech at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama meets with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland in the Oval Office, March 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is welcomed by Vice President Biden as he arrives for a reception for Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the East Room of the White House, March 20, 2012


President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Bo, the Obama family dog, waits for First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn driveway before departing the White House, March 20, 2013. Bo accompanied Mrs. Obama during her visit to Maryland Fisher House IV at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

111 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. March 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    What happened to Sasha’s hand?

  2. March 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Greatest. R&S. EVEEEEEEER!!!!! Thank you Nerdy, this is a treasure, so much fantastic links and news!

  3. 6 Judith Fardig
    March 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hey Jacobslily – congrats on first! YAY OBAMACARE!

  4. 7 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Dratz. Now I gotta buy stephen king books. #notascififan

  5. March 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Another absolutely incredible round-up. I feel so catered to every single day!

  6. March 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Just for laughs:

  7. 16 japa21
    March 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Well, I sincerely hope that for the second time in his Presidency, PBO is correct on the winner. I also have my alma mater winning it all and hopefully bringing me the billion dollars for having a perfect bracket.

  8. 25 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

  9. March 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Live stream for ‘The Herd’ ……. President Obama is on 11:00a.m & 12:30 p.m. EST http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?s=espn

  10. 30 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

  11. 31 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

  12. 32 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  13. 33 yardarm756
    March 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Top o’ the morning to all you ‘fore noon Easterners and sleepy heads on the left coast. 😉

  14. 40 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

    MARCH 20, 2014

    House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing (42 minutes)


    At her weekly briefing with the press, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) talked about the fourth anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.



  15. 41 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

  16. 42 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Laughed at this when I first saw it, laughed again when I saw it on twitter. Colbert=gem.


  17. 43 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

  18. 44 CEB
    March 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Good morning everyone.

    While it was good that that the radio host gave air time for Kobe to talk about the ACA/Obamacare, the last part of the interview annoyed me.

    The interviewer in the Kobe Bryant video is another one who doesn’t get or willfully misunderstands PBO. When he asked Kobe about which player’s style was similar to the president’s, Kobe mentioned one who was a great passer, and the interviewer was skeptical and said that he thought PBO would be the one who always took the shot. Obviously this guy has not talked to anyone who has played with the president or really listened to PBO talk about his game. The president is a great team player; one who is about winning, but willing to pass and defend more than insisting on being the one to make the shots if someone else is in a better position. PBO’s basketball strategy is like his governing style: he plays hard, fearless, and smart; takes advantages of openings, willing to take risks (he has been injured, was able to block Reggie, and will not invite people back who try to take it easy on him and gives credit to other players). He has done all of these things in the pursuit and destruction of bin Laden and al-qaeda, gambling political capital on getting the ACA passed, calling out those whose ideas are wrong to their faces (Ryan, Justice Roberts, Catholic bishops, and more), his willingness to still extend an open hand to the repubs., especially Boehner, and his inclusive actions. I also did not like this guy’s tone when he made the observation.

    • 45 Paulita
      March 20, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Excellent observation CEB! Remember Michelle had her brother Craig try out Barack’s game to see the quality of player/person he was;
      he passed and probably exceeded expectations.

    • 47 derbingleguy
      March 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I don’t see much wrong with that. Kobe would know but the interviewer’s observation doesn’t strike me as truly off base one way or the other.

      • 48 nathkatun7
        March 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        “When he asked Kobe about which player’s style was similar to the president’s, Kobe mentioned one who was a great passer, and the interviewer was skeptical and said that he thought PBO would be the one who always took the shot.”

        I think the observation suggests that interviewer thinks President Obama is a selfish person who always wants to be in the limelight and get all the credits. That’s what’s “truly off base….”

        • 49 derbingleguy
          March 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

          In the NBA a shooter’s job is to shoot. I’ve seen coaches tell certain players keep shooting no matter what. At certain times that’s the best thing to do. Not sure exactly how the interviewer meant it so for me I just don’t’ see much too it.

    • 51 CEB
      March 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

      No; if it is wrong, I do not want to be right. The show has been crap since Tim’s death.

    • 52 Allison
      March 20, 2014 at 11:48 am

      No! Karma is a bitch!

    • 53 0388jojothecat
      March 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      If the show had gone to a woman or minority they would have been gone after the first six months of low ratings. Meet the GOP White Men Sunday has been a disappointment and I refuse to watch the show to hear GOP talking points and John McCain. They should just hire John McCain since he is on more often than David Gregory.

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      March 20, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I barely recognize the name of the show any more!

  19. March 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    On getting lip from his brother-in-law Oregon St. coach Craig Robinson……..

    On a certain person saying Lincoln wouldn’t have done Between two Ferns…

    Bawdy: “dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent.”

    Colin also said his sister is saving a car payment a month with the ACA………. more topics were his NCAA bracket, paying kids in college, guaranteed scholarships, childhood obesity, and the ACA among other things.

  20. 56 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

  21. March 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

  22. March 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  23. 67 Nena20409
    March 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    It is Sunny in my neck of the woods after heavy snow yesterday and the day before. It has been the worst winter that I have experienced in my life. I wholeheartedly welcome 3-20-14.

    It is indeed a Happy Celebration. FLOTUS, Malia, Sasha and Mrs Robins are in China. POTUS is in FL.

    Spring is like a new born.

    Fred Phelps went with the winter, Dead.

  24. March 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    • 69 jacquelineoboomer
      March 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      It’s too serious a subject to laugh at the fact John McCain made their banned list. But even Russia doesn’t want McCain.

    • 70 nospin
      March 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      raotflmao. Is this a joke or real? ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  25. 71 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    What you need to know when you hear conservatives predicting that health insurance premiums will skyrocket


  26. 72 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  27. 73 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  28. 74 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  29. 76 yardarm756
    March 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Subj: Lawyers should never ask a Georgia grandma a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer 😀

    In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know me?’ She responded, ‘Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you’ll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.’

    The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?’

    She again replied, ‘Why yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a

    youngster, too. He’s lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.’

    The defense attorney nearly died.

    The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,

    ‘If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you both to the electric chair.

  30. 80 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    • 81 Nena20409
      March 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      NRA should NOT dictate who USA’s Surgeon General is and KOCHroaches and their fellow Billionaires friends should NOT dictate who our Congress should be.

      • 82 jacquelineoboomer
        March 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Exactly. What’s so ludicrous is that there are so-called RWNJ medical doctors in Congress, and they, too, are siding with the NRA against the well being of Americans. Usually, they’re just paraded out in a general anti-Obamacare media blitz. No core, no soul. They’ve forgotten both their oath of office and their Hippocratic oath. Buzzards, all of them, with blood and gore on their hands.

  31. March 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  32. 87 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    • 88 Nena20409
      March 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm


      The Vatican agreed with the Scientific recommendations on Contraception findings in the early 1960s, but the Pope then, singularly said No. That was wrong. I hope Pope Francis, a Jesuit priest, would Let Science to Guide the Church.

  33. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    March 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Wow! My second daughter’s a college student in Orlando – too bad it’s not Valencia! So near and yet so far.

    Good morning, NW and Chips and all of TODville. Happy First Day of Spring!

  34. 98 anniebella
    March 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Washington Times……Obama ladies land in China amid taxpayers uproar. Let me write it as it should be, Washington ( Right Wing Republicans) Times…….Obama ladies land in China amid right wing haters uproar. These same right wing haters who didn’t have a dam thing to say when Laura Bush and her twins travel where ever they wanted too, but they are so outrage when this First Family travel. To hell with their racists outrage. And why is the media trying to make a big deal because the pastry chef is quitting, I just saw Inside Edition talking about he was leaving cause of FLOTUS wanting him to cook healthy desserts.

    • 99 anniebella
      March 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      If FLOTUS want the pastry chef to cut back on sugar, butter, cream, doesn’t she have the right to ask him to do so. If she want to look out for her family health she has the right to do that. So what’s the big deal, oh it’s Michelle Obama, Barack Obama’s wife.

  35. 100 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Wow! This post is a complete smorgasbord of goodness! Love it!!!!

  36. 102 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Got some family stuff going on. Sis says it was time… Especially since she and her partner for 16 yrs went to New York and got married.

    Mom’s upset. Loves my Sister. Claims it’s more about it being a secret for so long, although other things she’s said tell us that’s not the whole deal. She’s gonna need some time to process I’m sure. Thank goodness for our cooler-than-cool Dad who’s such a calming influence. Btw, he’s known for years and agreed long ago it was up to sis to come out to Mom and anyone else when she was good n’ ready. [sigh!]

    • March 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Ah Dudette, love and hugs to your sister, hoping your Mom can come to terms with this and everyone can move on and live wonderful, happy lives!

    • 105 Nerdy Wonka
      March 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Wishing you, your sister, her partner, and your family the best. You all will be all the more stronger for this. Bravo to your sister for telling her truth. We are all proud of her and wish her a wonderful married life.

    • 107 Dakota
      March 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Much love to your baby Sis, Dudette. Don’t worry…Mom will come around.

    • 109 0388jojothecat
      March 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Congratulations to your sis and partner. Your Mom knew ….. Moms know their kids just like Dad knew. Mom needs time to accept it and with you,sis, and dad plus sis partner she will come around. The USA is coming around which makes it easier for all to accept.

    • 111 Nena20409
      March 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      My very best to your sister and her partner/wife.

      There is Nothing like a family.

      The world is indeed what we make of it.

      Congratulations to your sis and her family.

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