Rise and Shine



All times US Eastern:

4:15 AM: President Obama meets with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan

4:55 AM: Participates in the Nuclear Security Summit

11:0 AM: Holds a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte

White House Live

12:0: Holds a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

1:30 PM: Holds a trilateral meeting with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

3:35 PM: Departs the Netherlands

4:15 PM: Arrives Brussels, Belgium


President Obama looks at Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul” during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)




Michael Hiltzik: Where Are The Positive Stories About Obamacare?

If there were fairness in this world, Rita Rizzo would be a media star. Rizzo, 60, owns a management consulting firm for nonprofit groups and government offices in Akron, Ohio, with her husband, Lou Vincent, 64. Vincent, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, has gone without health insurance for 10 years. “We got 30 denial letters,” Rizzo told me last week. Three years ago, Rizzo got a hip replacement. Her own insurance premiums were going to rise by $500 a month, to about $800, so she chose instead to triple her deductible to $6,000 to keep the increase to a mere $150 a month. The couple used a $5,000 tax-deductible health savings account to cover her out-of-pocket expenses; Vincent’s medication, which ran to $178 a month; and his blood work-ups, at $2,400 a year. In December, Rizzo signed up for Obamacare. She now has a policy that covers her and Vincent together, including all his meds and lab work, for $379 a month, with a $2,000 family deductible. “I feel like I died and went to insurance heaven,” she says.

While Rizzo was working her way to thousands of dollars in annual savings, for example, Southern California Realtor Deborah Cavallaro was making the rounds of NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CBS, Fox and public radio’s Marketplace program, talking about how her premium was about to rise some 65% because of the “Unaffordable” Care Act. What her viewers and listeners didn’t learn was that she hadn’t checked the rates on California’s insurance exchange, where (as we determined for her) she would have found a replacement policy for less than she’d been paying. The millions of beneficiaries of the measure — families excluded from insurance because of high premiums or preexisting medical conditions, low-income individuals made newly eligible for Medicaid, seniors receiving a new subsidy for prescriptions, women granted the legal right to affordable maternity coverage for the first time — seem to be absent from the news media or political ad campaigns. But you can’t turn on your TV without seeing a well-produced 30- or 60-second spot featuring a purported tale of woe.

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 NYT: Obama To Call For End To N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection

The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials. Under the proposal, they said, the N.S.A. would end its systematic collection of data about Americans’ calling habits. The bulk records would stay in the hands of phone companies, which would not be required to retain the data for any longer than they normally would. And the N.S.A. could obtain specific records only with permission from a judge, using a new kind of court order.

As part of the proposal, the administration has decided to ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to renew the program as it exists for at least one more 90-day cycle, senior administration officials said. But under the plan the administration has developed and now advocates, the officials said, it would later undergo major changes. The new type of surveillance court orders envisioned by the administration would require phone companies to swiftly provide records in a technologically compatible data format, including making available, on a continuing basis, data about any new calls placed or received after the order is received, the officials said. They would also allow the government to swiftly seek related records for callers up to two phone calls, or “hops,” removed from the number that has come under suspicion, even if those callers are customers of other companies.

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This is the BEST explanation of the cases, that I have seen. If you want to be educated on the issues, read it


Jessica Mason Pieklo: The Hobby Lobby And Conestoga Wood Cases. Your Questions, Answered

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases challenging the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It’s the second time in as many years that conservative business owners have argued to the Court that all or part of the health-care law is unconstitutional. While this challenge may look to be limited to just birth control, there is in fact a lot more at stake.The Supreme Court will hear in one hearing the legal challenges of two for-profit businesses, Hobby Lobby and the Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. Hobby Lobby is a national arts-and-crafts retail chain, while Conestoga is a Pennsylvania-based furniture maker. Both companies object to providing health insurance coverage for some kinds of contraception, claiming that the ACA’s requirement that businesses provide employees equal health insurance coverage violates the companies’ religious beliefs.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood (and the myriad other for-profit businesses challenging the mandate) are arguing that the birth control benefit violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993. The RFRA is a federal law that says the government may not “substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion,” unless that burden is “necessary to further a compelling government interest” and uses the “least restrictive means” necessary. Conestoga also claims that the mandate violates its religious exercise rights under the First Amendment generally, citing the Citizens United case for precedent. In plain English, that means the Court will be tasked with answering several distinct questions. The first is the most direct: Do secular, for-profit corporations fit the definition of “individual” under the statute? But to get to that answer, the Court will have to wade into the much more troubling question of whether individual business owners can transfer their religious beliefs to that of their business in a way that allows businesses to exercise religious rights.

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The First Lady in China


Read about the First Lady’s visit here



 First Lady Michelle Obama meets students as she visits an English language class at Chengdu No.7 High School in Chengdu in southwestern province of Sichuan, China


Children wave as the First Lady leaves after her visit to School No.7 in Chengdu




Rebecca Kaplan: Despite Tensions, No Sign Russia Has Backed Away From Nuclear Security

President Obama’s European trip, which is serving as a de facto background for international meetings around the Ukraine crisis, continues Tuesday with the second day of a Nuclear Security Summit.Though the news out of Monday’s meeting was a move by the Group of Seven (G-7) nations to further isolate Russia on the world stage, the U.S. announced the completion of projects with Belgium and Italy to remove nuclear material and reaffirmed a working relationship with Japan to dispose of highly-enriched uranium and separated plutonium stocks worldwide in order to prevent the materials from falling into the hands of criminals or terrorists.

Although Russia and the U.S. remain at odds – and trading sanctions – over the Russian incursion into the Crimean peninsula, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Friday that the two countries continued to cooperate on the issue. “Nuclear security is an area where the United States has and continues to have an enduring interest in cooperation with Russia and other important countries where the security of nuclear materials remains of concern,” Rice said at a White House briefing last week. “We have every interest in continuing to cooperate with Russia and other countries, even where we have differences with them on other issues, on the issue of nuclear security.”

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Miami Herald: Enrollment Drives Kick Into High Gear As Deadline Approaches To Sign Up For President Obama’s Health Care Law

With a week to go before the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, South Florida enrollment efforts have surged. Organizers from elected officials to religious institutions are marshaling one last campaign to cover as many eligible consumers as possible. An army of volunteers and federally funded and trained counselors have fanned out across Miami-Dade, setting up shop in community rooms, public parks, local churches and health centers, hosting enrollment drives and health fairs nearly every day. At the Calle Ocho street festival in downtown Miami, a Liberty City health fair and the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church in West Little River, ambassadors for Obamacare have been signing people up for health insurance in South Florida.

Miami-Dade leads all Florida counties in sign-ups and has the nation’s second-highest enrollment rate among counties, according to April Washington, a regional government relations director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who attended the Liberty City enrollment drive. Florida, with the second highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation, leads all 36 states in sign-ups on the federally run exchange, with more than 442,000 people selecting a health plan, and an additional 124,000 assessed eligible for Medicaid. Many, such as Makiesha Victor, 20, bought health insurance for the first time. “I didn’t know anything about health insurance,” said Victor, a server at a McDonald’s restaurant. “I feel good knowing I’m covered. Before, I felt I couldn’t see a doctor.’’ Karina Valdivia, 32, an uninsured single mother of two young children, signed up at the 93rd Street church, too. Valdivia, who lives in Miami’s Brickell area and works for a cleaning service six days a week, found a silver-level plan that she said will cost her $21.36 a month in premiums. “I can afford it now,” she said, a surprised tone in her voice. “I thought it was going to cost more, but it was less.”

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Eliza Thompson: American Nuns Announce Their Support For Obamacare Contraception Access

The National Coalition of American Nuns recently came out in support of the Affordable Care Act’s provision for contraception coverage. In a petition addressed to the U.S. Supreme Court (who will soon hear two cases where employers are denying their employees coverage because they don’t personally support contraception), the nuns wrote, “We want to make clear that the sin is not a person using birth control. The sin is denying women the right and the means to plan their families.” Well, that’s awesome.

Sister Donna Quinn, the head of NCAN, told ReligionDispatches.org that “it isn’t ‘faith and freedom’ when reproductive autonomy isn’t extended by the Catholic Church to women.” She added, “It isn’t freedom when a woman can be held hostage by the owner of a business.” The petition (which is extremely close to reaching its goal of 5,000 signatures) also had this to say about religious freedom: “We know that religious freedom means that each person has the right to exercise their own religious beliefs; religious freedom cannot mean that an individual or a corporation gets to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.”

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Ignore the Politico outside crap. Focus on the words of Rice, Ruemmler, and Monaco



Carrie Budoff Brown: President Obama’s West Wing Power Trio

But the case of National Security Adviser Susan Rice, counsel Kathy Ruemmler and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco — the three women on the couch — offers a unique counterpoint to the argument that only men carry influence in the Obama White House. Nobody in the West Wing outranks them on national security issues, marking the first time that women have occupied all three positions in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field. Rice and Monaco are the ones who wake up Obama when something bad happens overnight. Collectively, the three women handle the most sensitive issues that cross the president’s desk — including the administration’s drone policy, military actions and the review of government surveillance techniques, which was the topic of discussion when the photograph was taken.

“The notion that this is an all-male place is a joke,” Rice said, pointing out that women occupy half the seats at the senior adviser meetings. “I’m always struck by the disconnect between perception and reality.” Ruemmler said she had to be persuaded to do the interview, underscoring her point that women, more so than men, tend to shun the spotlight. “That, I think, is the general philosophy for most of the women here and that is just consistent with the way, to be candid, most of us were raised,” Ruemmler said. “It is about doing the work, getting the work done, and the work will speak for itself.” Rice chairs meetings in the Situation Room, where the people around the table are mostly men, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and CIA Director John Brennan. But she said she’s generally not conscious about her status as one of a handful women in the room.

The women try to do dinner once a month with the female Cabinet secretaries and White House senior staff. The confabs — part mentoring, part venting — were started by Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary in the first term, and continued by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Ruemmler sometimes coaxes Jarrett and Mastromonaco out of the building for Friday afternoon lunches. They said they weren’t particularly struck by the photograph of the three of them sitting on the couch with Obama. That wasn’t an unusual moment, they said. It’s just what they do.

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Adelle M. Banks: Religious Groups Play Key Role In Obamacare Insurance Sign-Up

On one Friday earlier this month, more than 11,000 Muslims in mosques across the country heard a sermon about the Affordable Care Act. Hindu and National Baptist groups, meanwhile, are posting online announcements about the White House’s “Faith and Community ACA Days of Action”. Jewish women’s groups have visited college campuses to get students who think they’re “invincible” to sign up for health insurance. “What other time in our history will we be able to help our communities focus on wellness, to help every citizen access a means to be healthy and treat medical conditions, breaking the trend of making emergency rooms and ‘urgent care’ our primary care physicians?” asked Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, director of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Social Action Commission.

The Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, has spearheaded information sessions at predominantly Latino churches around the country and radio spots on Hispanic Christian radio stations. Salguero noted that one in four persons who are eligible but uninsured are Latino. “It’s an urgent need in our community,” he said. “It’s a real service to that underserved community.” Salguero said he shares other evangelicals’ concerns about Obamacare’s coverage for what they consider to be abortifacients but nevertheless wants to make sure people have a chance to be educated about what the law does and does not include.

“My position is I’m a pro-life person so I don’t want anybody dying of preventable diseases if they can get health care,” he said. Likewise, in a rare move, the Roman Catholic bishop of San Bernardino, Calif., wrote a letter that was read at Masses in his diocese on March 15-16, noting that undocumented parents should “sign your child up for health insurance immediately” and that opting out could result in fines that will increase over time. “It is true that our Church has raised objection to elements of the law that relate to contraception and abortion services that might be provided through it,” Bishop Gerald R. Barnes wrote in the March 11 letter, “However, these factors do not mean that we, as Catholics, should disobey the new health care law. If we happen to have an insurance plan that includes services that are objectionable to our faith, which most plans in California do, our response is to not utilize these services.”

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On This Day

President Barack Obama rests his foot on a football during the Domestic Policy Council Meeting in the Oval Office, March 25, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


A young woman reacts after seeing President Barack Obama, during his visit to Prairie Lights, an independent bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa, March 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama greets a boy, whose first name is also Barack, following the President’s remarks on health care at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City, Iowa, March 25, 2010. The President spoke about health insurance reform and how it will impact families and small businesses. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama surprises Personal Secretary Katie Johnson with a gift and birthday cake in the Oval Office, March 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gestures during a briefing with a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress on the situation in Libya, in the Situation Room of the White House, March 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md., following a briefing with a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress, in the Situation Room of the White House, March 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets Medal of Honor recipients on the South Lawn of the White House, March 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama visits with Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis in the Green Room of the White House prior to a Greek Independence Day reception, March 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama talks with Sung Kim, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Korea, aboard Marine One during an early morning flight from Osan Air Base to the landing zone at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea walk down the grand staircase following their bilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, March 26, 2013. Pictured, from left, are: Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President; Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Rob Nabors, Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy; and David Simas, Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder Dinner for family, staff and friends, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, March 25, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

123 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

  2. 3 desertflower
    March 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

    GM and TY, NW:)

  3. March 25, 2014 at 10:32 am


  4. March 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    PBO has been quietly awesome!

  5. March 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Spectacular Nerdy, so much wonderful reading – especially grateful for the Hobby Lobby links, I’m way behind on this and need to read up.

    Thank you Legend, this is just brilliant.

  6. 13 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Wow! I wanna jump on the Metro and go join them. Great Crowd!!


  7. 18 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    The “Thank You” tweets to the President for getting them Health Care Coverage just melts my heart. Thank you NW for a phenomenal Rise and Shine.

  8. 22 Ladyhawke
    March 25, 2014 at 10:50 am


    The Obamacare Benefit That Gets No Respect

    By Jonathan Cohn


    Everybody wants to know whether the Affordable Care Act will significantly reduce the proportion of Americans without health insurance. It’s an extremely important question. It’s also not the only one that matters.

    Obamacare’s goal isn’t simply helping the uninsured. It’s also supposed to help the “underinsured”—people with policies that are so expensive to maintain, or leave such large gaps in coverage, that paying for health care is still a devastating burden. This problem hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserves. A new report, just out from the Commonwealth Fund, seeks to change that.



  9. March 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Another phenomenal R&S. I feel like I should be sending Chips and Nerdy Wonka cookies, chocolate, flowers and cheesy puffs every day!

  10. 28 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    • 29 Nena20409
      March 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      HF2, they know the History. But their severe case of ODS clouds their Objectivity.

      Facts are no longer what these wicked idiots aim to achieve as a goal.

  11. 30 amk for obama
    March 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

    IIRR, sam wang said that a dem turnout of over 5 million above the rethug turnout will completely eliminate the gerrymandering edge of gop. Your ObamaCare beneficiaries is that 5 million. They just need to fucking show up on the D-day. If they want to keep it.

  12. March 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Does anyone know the name of the woman traveling with POTUS? She rides in The Beast, attended the dinner with him at the Royal Palace last night and was at the meetings.

  13. March 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Praise to MLK

  14. 36 japa21
    March 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

  15. 40 japa21
    March 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

  16. 44 desertflower
    March 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Julie Pace can kiss my ass. What a jerk

  17. 45 desertflower
    March 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Jon Karl CAN KISS MY ASS TOO! WTF! Is Robme paying him???

  18. 46 desertflower
    March 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

    PBO is just handing Karl his lunch. I love this man. Sit the hell down. Jon. You’ve been served.

    • 47 COS
      March 25, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Romney???? Give me a break.

    • 48 desertflower
      March 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Now The other man (Mark R. ) is further serving Jon Karl is lunch….and supporting PBO to the hilt and schooling the idiotic Jon Karl

    • 49 Ladyhawke
      March 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

      President Obama takes Jonathan Karl to school. This was a thing of beauty.

    • 50 Don
      March 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

      No desertflower, PBO handed Karl his ass!

    • 52 Ladyhawke
      March 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

      More schooling for Jonathan Karl…..

      Nuclear Security Summits: An Obama Initiative

      Posted by Nancy LeTourneau


      Today, as world leaders gather in The Hague for the third Nuclear Security Summit, it is important to note that these meetings were initiated by President Obama.

      In terms of results from these summits, here’s a summary:
      According to research organizations that track Summit commitments, 95 percent of commitments made in Washington have been completed as of 2013. Tangible nuclear security achievements include:
      This kind of progress is rarely noted when people talk about President Obama’s accomplishments. But as VP Biden would say…its a BFD!



  19. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

    • 54 COS
      March 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Wow, that is interesting Donna.

    • 55 Nena20409
      March 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      In 2008, pres Obama won 43% of the White votes…..and in 2012 he won 37%.

      The main reason Romney and crowd believe and shouted To Whom It May Concern that it was Their Turn. And his birth Certificate comments by Romney in the Summer of 2012 in MI and by his sons in NH or ME in Dec 2011/2012.

      The GOP has been Using Race as their strategy since 1968 and they upped the antics in the Era of president Obama as the demographics are Fast changing.

  20. 56 anniebella
    March 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Well I guess you all heard that Jonathan Karl stupid GOP questions. Stupid jackass.

    • 57 anniebella
      March 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Is Ed Henry there? If yes, I’m sure he came prepared with Fox talking points. Where is Chucky Todd?

  21. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    March 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

    “Money line” for me, from the President’s remarks and responses at the press conference:

    * Russia is threatening its neighbors “not out of strength, but out of weakness.” *

    That was a jab in Putin’s eye, a jab in RWNJ eyes, and a jab in US media collective eyes-that-will-not-see.

    I got what I came for, and then some! Mornin’.

  22. 61 dotster3
    March 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Can’t Jon Karl be labeled an enemy of the state, trying to humiliate our president in a foreign country, or anywhere for that matter? That question was ridiculous—-no need for that kind of question there, no purpose———‘isn’t your influence in the world waning? or however ugly he framed it? jus trying to embarrass President Obama. And isn’t Romney right —-about Russia—-and smarter than you? Karl is sickening. And Hooray for the Netherlands PM reminding that the U.S. is THE leader of the free world——on all issues.

  23. 64 4morefor44
    March 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

    dutch p.m. seems incredulous at jon liar karl’s g.o.p. talking point questions. gives very strong and direct praise of president obama’s leadership. karl and rest of u.s. media are sure to ignore that though, and will simply continue with their robotic talking point delivery no matter what either leader up there says now.

    • 65 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Yes – I saw that. And it’s a good thing that many people are watching this presser so that the corrupt RW MSM’s evening news spin will ring hollow and dishonest.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      March 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

      They are an embarrassment before the national stage, every time one of them stands up. Sickening.

  24. 67 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

  25. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

  26. 69 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

  27. 70 4morefor44
    March 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

    i do wish president obama would bring up more often how he and pootin’s predecessor medvedev were making all kinds of progress and seemed even quite friendly with each other. that’s why pootin-tootin decided to take over again…he and his bush family friends can’t have everyone getting along. they’re not invested in the “getting along” businesses…only the war machine.

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      March 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I think Medvedev was merely a placeholder, wasn’t he? Don’t I recall Putin was pulling the strings, for whatever reason?

      Whatever the case, President Obama seemed to spot it a mile away, and worked with what he had, as you said!

      • 72 Nena20409
        March 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        Yep. A place-holder indeed. It was reported widely that Putin was coming back as the Russian president for their Current Law didn’t allow Putin to retain his power as president. So Putin became PM and now is back as the Russian president.

  28. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    March 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

  29. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    March 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

  30. March 25, 2014 at 11:50 am


  31. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    March 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

  32. 78 Nerdy Wonka
    March 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

  33. 80 4morefor44
    March 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    anyone with a twitter account should join in!

  34. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    March 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

  35. 82 anniebella
    March 25, 2014 at 11:55 am

    So because Mitt Romney said Russia was our number one enemy, which has not been proven true. To be honest, I am more concern about the Republicans and what they are trying to do to this country, then Russia. But I guess the right wing haters and stupid ass media is saying see Mitt was right about Russia so you should have elected him. But I’m one of those 47% who Mitt Romney talk about like we were dirt, and even if Mitt was right about Russia he still would not have gotten my vote.

  36. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    March 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

  37. 85 amk for obama
    March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    watched the pc on bbc. what a sea of difference between international reporters and the us msm scums.

  38. March 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  39. 94 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  40. 97 desertflower
    March 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    O/T….but you really need to see this. It’s in Arizona…again.


  41. 98 desertflower
    March 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm


    Sales of new U.S. single-family homes hit a five-month low in February, but a surge in consumer confidence to a six-year high in March suggested the economy was regaining momentum after being held back by severe weather.

    Other data on Tuesday showed solid gains in house prices, which should boost household wealth and support consumer spending. An unusually cold and snowy winter disrupted economic activity at the start of year.

    America knows what’s what. The idiots need to get out of the bubble….

    • 99 desertflower
      March 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      In a separate report, the Conference Board said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 82.3, the highest since January 2008, from 78.3 in February.

      “Overall, consumers expect the economy to continue improving and believe it may even pick up a little steam in the months ahead,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board in a statement.

  42. 100 dotster3
    March 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Still seething about the hateful treatment shown our president at the press conf. by Jon Karl and his gang of goons, asking rt. wing talking point questions which have no basis in reality and only meant to humiliate on the world stage.
    And so it is sorta fitting that I then run across this utter ridiculousness. This Ia. Repub senate candidate lady wants you to vote for her because she cuts off pigs’ balls and has held them in her hands and so——–will know just what to do with all the pork in D.C. OMG!


  43. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Sigh!!!!!!!!!!!! 😯

    JERUSALEM : An Israeli mayor was quoted Tuesday as referring to black basket-ballers playing for professional teams in his country as “n%%%ers.”

    “I don’t want to see foreigners; I want to see Israeli sportsmen,” the Hebrew-language site of Ynet news quoted Holon Mayor Motti Sasson as telling a sports conference at an Israeli college.

    “If you want to watch n%%%ers, you have the NBA for that,” he added, referring to the American National Basketball Association.

  44. March 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Man, I’m in a foul mood.

  45. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    March 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Great post, NW! I might suggest to Pete Souza that an alternate to this caption:

    * President Obama looks at Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul” *

    Might be:

    * Rembrandt looks at President Obama’s “Self-portrait as Leader of the Free World” *


  46. March 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Mitch Mcturtle put out a devastating ad attacking Allison Grimes….oh wait! ……….what a bunch of idiots

  47. 111 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  48. 113 Nena20409
    March 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD.
    Great Source of News by all. Thanks.
    Great tweets by NW. I can’t wait for the Video to be posted.
    Music…..was indeed R E S P E C T and Happy B-Day for the Queen of Soul.
    Congrats to all the Gold medalists.

  49. 114 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

  50. 117 JER
    March 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  51. 119 JER
    March 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  52. 120 JER
    March 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

  53. 121 57andfemale
    March 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Is this another abomination of Clinton triangulation that has made our country worse off?


    “The RFRA is a federal law that says the government may not “substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion,” unless that burden is “necessary to further a compelling government interest” and uses the “least restrictive means” necessary. Conestoga also claims that the mandate violates its religious exercise rights under the First Amendment generally, citing the Citizens United case for precedent.”


  54. 122 Linda
    March 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Why don’t the Truth in Advertising Laws apply to the false Americans for Prosperity Healthcare Lie ads ?

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