Rise and Shine

President Obama enters the South Portico of the White House following his arrival aboard Marine One on the South Lawn, March 30, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


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Addicting Info: Ted Cruz Tries To Use Facebook To Prove No One Likes Obamacare And It Blows Up In His Face

The Tea Party crusade against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit a huge snag this week. On March 24, 2014, Texas Tea Party Senator, Ted Cruz, decided to put up a ‘quick poll,’ about the ACA on his facebook page. Problem? The Koch brothers don’t control the conversation on social media, the people do.

Ask a question, get an answer. The question Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz asked on facebook was simple. Are you better off now than you were before the ACA, also called Obamacare, was signed into law, four years ago? Nearly 40,000 comments later, the resounding answer from people all across the country was YES.

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NYT: New G.O.P. Bid To Limit Voting In Swing States

Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls. The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote. Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register.

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down a central provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The decision allowed a number of mostly Southern states to alter their election laws without the prior approval once required from the Justice Department. A few weeks later, free of the mandate and emboldened by a Republican supermajority, North Carolina passed the country’s most sweeping restrictions on voting.

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Survivors Of Domestic Violence Now Have Better Access To Obamacare Benefits

Survivors of domestic violence who are living separately from an abusive spouse will now be able to claim tax credits to help them afford an Obamacare plan, thanks to new rules being developed by the federal government. Before the change, these individuals were locked out of federal assistance for health care unless they filed joint taxes with their abuser. Obamacare’s tax credits are intended to ensure that insurance plans on the new marketplaces are affordable for the Americans who may otherwise struggle to pay for health care. But in order for married people to qualify, the health law requires them to file their taxes jointly. If they file separately, they lose out on the federal assistance altogether. Domestic violence prevention advocates argue that policy ends up harming victims of abuse —

particularly because domestic violence is more concentrated among low-income households, and the victims who are financially dependent on their abusers are less likely to be able to extricate themselves from the relationship.  Last week, a group of 79 lawmakers, led by Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), urged the Treasury Department to change this policy and safeguard victims of domestic violence. It only took a few days for Treasury officials to agree. “For victims of domestic abuse, contacting a spouse for purposes of filing a joint return may pose a risk of injury or trauma or, if the spouse is subject to a restraining order, may be legally prohibited. Your concerns are consistent to those expressed to us by numerous others in public comments and meetings,” the Treasury Department acknowledged on Wednesday in a written response to Slaughter and Doggett, explaining that the administration will work on finalizing a new rule on this issue.

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Pete Souza: Pres Obama talks on phone to Pres Putin from Saudi Arabia Friday night


Fareed Zakaria: Obama Pursues The Right Response To Russia’s 19th-Century Behavior

This is not an academic debate. The best way to deal with Russia’s aggression in Crimea is not to present it as routine and national interest-based foreign policy that will be countered by Washington in a contest between two great powers. It is to point out, as Obama did eloquently this week in Brussels, that Russia is grossly endangering a global order that has benefited the entire world. Compare what the Obama administration has managed to organize in the wake of this latest Russian aggression to the Bush administration’s response to Putin’s actions in Georgia in 2008. That was a blatant invasion. Moscow sent in tanks and heavy artillery; hundreds were killed, nearly 200,000 displaced.

Yet the response was essentially nothing. This time, it has been much more serious. Some of this difference is in the nature of the stakes, but it might also have to do with the fact that the Obama administration has taken pains to present Russia’s actions in a broader context and get other countries to see them as such. You can see a similar pattern with Iran. The Bush administration largely pressured that country bilaterally. The Obama administration was able to get much more effective pressure because it presented Iran’s nuclear program as a threat to global norms of nonproliferation, persuaded the other major powers to support sanctions, enacted them through the United Nations and thus ensured that they were comprehensive and tight. This is what leadership looks like in the 21st century.

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Guardian: Kerry To Meet Russia’s Lavrov For Ukraine Talks In Paris On Sunday

Halfway home from Saudi Arabia, US secretary of state John Kerry has abruptly changed course. He will now stay in Europe for talks on Ukraine. The news followed reports from Russia that Kerry had spoken to the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, by phone, a day after President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama. The Russian foreign ministry said Washington had initiated the call between Kerry and Lavrov, adding that they discussed Ukraine and plans for further contact.

Flying from Riyadh to Ireland for a refuelling stop, Kerry decided to turn around after speaking to Lavrov from the plane. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki confirmed on Saturday that Kerry had arrived in Paris and that the meeting would be held on Sunday.

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Kate Nocera: Univision Works Overtime To Get Latinos Enrolled In Obamacare

The Obama administration has been working overtime in recent months to enroll uninsured Latinos — one of the groups most likely to be uninsured — but it’s not just the White House making a concerted effort. For more than a year, the Spanish-language television network Univision has embarked on their own company-wide effort to get Latinos signed up on the exchanges, working through newscasts, special programming, advertising partnerships, and a dedicated health care website. Univision has not only been providing information to their viewers as to how to sign up but openly encouraging them to do so.

The network’s “empowerment initiatives” team — which focuses primarily on health and educational programming — began looking for partners to help their audience find coverage last year. Univision ultimately went with the California Endowment and the Ford Foundation, launching in earnest last April. The company makes no bones about what they were trying to do. Empowerment Initiatives Director Stephen Keppel told BuzzFeed that the company thinks “it’s better to have health insurance than not to have it” and because of the high number of uninsured Latinos, it was an important initiative for them to take on.

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BBC: Vladmir Putin: The Rebuilding Of ‘Soviet’ Russia

On 16 August 1999, the members of Russia’s parliament – the State Duma – met to approve the candidacy of a prime minister. They heard the candidate’s speech, they asked him a few questions, and they dutifully confirmed him in the position. This was President Boris Yeltsin’s fifth premier in 16 months, and one confused party leader got the name wrong. He said he would support the candidacy of Stepashin – the surname of the recently sacked prime minister – rather than that of his little-known successor, before making an embarrassing correction.

If even leading Duma deputies couldn’t remember the new prime minister’s name, you couldn’t blame the rest of the world if it didn’t pay much attention to his speech. He was unlikely to head the Russian government for more than a couple of months anyway, so why bother? That man was a former KGB officer, Vladimir Putin, and he has been in charge of the world’s largest country, as president or prime minister, ever since. Few realised it at the time, because few were listening, but that speech provided a blueprint for pretty much everything he has done, for how he would re-shape a country that was perilously close to total collapse.

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Scott Keyes: It Saves Millions To Simply Give Homeless People A Place To Live

It is cheaper to give homeless people a home than it is to leave them on the streets. That’s not just the opinion of advocates working to end homelessness, nor is it the opinion of homeless people themselves. It is a fact that has been borne out by studies across the country, from Florida to Colorado and beyond. The latest analysis to back up this fact comes out of Charlotte, where researchers from the University of North Carolina Charlotte examined a recently constructed apartment complex that was oriented towards homeless people.

Moore Place opened in 2012 with 85 units. Each resident is required to contribute 30 percent of his or her income, which includes any benefits like disability, veterans, or Social Security, toward rent. The rest of the housing costs, which total approximately $14,000 per person annually, are covered by a mix of local and federal government grants, as well as private donors. In the first year alone, researchers found that Moore Place saved taxpayers $1.8 million. These savings comes from improvements in two primary areas: health care and incarceration.

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Sara Fischer: Biden: Undocumented Immigrants ‘Already American Citizens’

Vice President Joe Biden echoed the West Wing’s “we can’t wait” mantra Thursday, telling a crowd at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Summit that “undocumented aliens” are already American citizens. “You know, 11 million people that are living in the shadows. I believe they’re already Americans citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully. And by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

Citing the contribution Hispanics have made to the American economy, Biden stressed the importance of passing immigration reform sooner rather than later, arguing, “It’s the single most significant thing we can do. It’s a game-changer financially for the country.”“Just this one act alone, if we pass the Senate bill, can extend Social Security solvency by two years.” Biden said. “Even Republicans think we should pass the Senate bill,” he later added.

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Chris Geidner: Federal Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Texas Abortion Restrictions

A federal appeals court rejected Planned Parenthood’s challenge to Texas’ restrictive abortion law passed last summer, save for one small exception. Thursday’s unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court decision from October finding two provisions in the law unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood challenged two provisions: One required physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges “at a hospital no more than thirty miles from the location where the abortion is provided.” The second provision limited medication abortions by requiring that, with few exceptions, abortion-inducing drugs only be used when they “comply with the protocol authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

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Michael Cohen: Obama’s Not-Another-Cold-War-Vision: Don’t Hate The Players – Play The Game

From the day Barack Obama took office, his approach to American foreign policy has vacillated between a seemingly irreconcilable set of impulses. There’s been the sentimentalist agitating for reductions in nuclear weapons, calling for a more modest approach – and the commander-in-chief ramping up the US drone war, surging in Afghanistan, going far beyond his mandate to affect regime change in Libya. There was the lawyer and internationalist drawing a redline on Syria’s use of chemical weapons – and the hard-headed realist who, to date, has assiduously avoided any policy that would risk miring the US in that country’s bloody civil war. Yesterday in Brussels, as Obama spoke about the proper response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea, those contending instincts were once again on stark display.

Yet rarely has Obama so effectively navigated the middle ground between them – or quite so lovingly embraced Europe as he cast a distinctly icy glare at Vladimir Putin. In the process, the American president offered perhaps the clearest sense of his own vision on international relations: one that upholds the international system for its role in creating a world of greater peace and security – and explaining why, in an era of retrenchment, that system matters more than ever.In Obama’s formulation, peace is a product of universalist ideals, yes. But it is sustained and reinforced by an international system of laws and norms.

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Betsy Phillips: Creationism Is Not Being Ignored On ‘Cosmos’ — It’s The Focus

Danny Faulkner, a “scientist” working for the same group that runs Kentucky’s creation museum was complaining last week that Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey doesn’t address creationism.Actually, Tyson is deliberately and straightforwardly giving a whole lot of time to creationism. Why did we have to sit through the history of the eyeball? Creationists love to argue that the complexity of the eyeball disproves evolution. Note how he talked specifically about how the eyeball isn’t actually this perfect mechanism, but something that works well enough for what we need it for, but not as well as it does in fish — the whole idea that the eyeball is a perfect, too-complex thing is a creationist argument.

 Another example: Why did Tyson spend so much time explaining the similarities and differences in how polar bears have evolved through natural selection vs. how dogs have changed in the time we’ve been breeding them for certain traits? Because creationists acknowledge that changes within species happen. They just like to pretend like one kind of organism couldn’t really have brought forth another kind of organism. Tyson isn’t ignoring creationism. Creationists wish Tyson were ignoring creationism. Tyson is instead standing on creationism’s home turf and playing by their rules.Tyson is taking creationists’ claims deadly seriously, and showing all the ways they’re wrong.

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Jon Emont: Can Israeli Business Leaders Push Netanyahu Toward A Palestinian Peace Deal?

In late January, the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began to appear on scores of billboards in Tel Aviv. The caption read: “A strong state signs the deal. Bibi only you can do it!” The message—to work out a peace agreement with the Palestinians—was idealistic. But the money was all business. The 1 million shekel (around $300,000) advertising campaign was paid for by the Israeli wing of Breaking the Impasse, an alliance of more than 150 Israeli corporate executives. The campaign comes at a crucial time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is one month away from his April 29 deadline to release a framework agreement that will establish the U.S. government’s principles for a final deal.

After nine months of discussion there is widespread worry that the framework agreement will be dead on arrival. Kerry’s demands from the Palestinians might cause Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to withdraw from talks or lose his authority to negotiate. At the same time, Kerry’s demands for Israeli concessions over settlements or East Jerusalem might lead the Israeli right to pressure Netanyahu to withdraw from the talks. Israelis are pessimistic about the peace process, and Netanyahu has little domestic incentive to make concessions to spur negotiations. This worries Israeli business executives. They’re concerned that Israel will face increasing international isolation, including an expanded boycott campaign, if the talks founder. BTI represents these business people. It’s planning a well-funded public campaign to pressure Netanyahu to make concessions and sign a deal.

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Katie Zezima: Just How Popular Was Michelle Obama’s Visit To China?

According to a tally by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, photos, videos and stories about Michelle Obama’s visit to China garnered more than 1 billion page views. Yes, that’s billion with a B.It’s probably not too far-fetched of a notion, according to Cheng Li, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. “This is really Michelle fever in China,” he said.Cheng said Obama and her family —

her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha, traveled with her — showed respect for Chinese traditions and deftly weaved in diplomacy with lighter moments in a way that made the Chinese want to see what she was doing and where she was going. “Chinese do not only see this leader to leader. They see it family to family and in a broader context the respect of the two great countries,” he said. “This is why people got so excited.”

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Get Covered Illinois: #GCISuccess Stories

Rebecca S.: Rebecca, a 27 year-old Chicago resident, was denied coverage in 2012 because of her pre-existing condition. Upon being rejected in the private market, Rebecca enrolled in a plan for high-risk individuals that was beyond her price range and didn’t cover many of her health care needs. Now, Rebecca is enrolled in a Silver plan that saves her $1,600 per year compared to her previous coverage and covers the majority of her needs. Rebecca sees her new health insurance as more than just comprehensive coverage at a fair price. She believes enrolling in affordable health care is her chance at the American dream to be young and hardworking without the fear that an accident or illness will derail her dreams.

Joe Z.: Joe, a 55 year-old self-employed realtor from Chicago, previously had a COBRA plan that ended in 2013. Preparing for the New Year, Joe enrolled in a Silver plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield through the Marketplace. He was amazed to learn that his premium would be reduced by over 50% and that his new plan offered more extensive coverage. Joe is thankful that he was able to find affordable coverage on the Marketplace, especially with his pre-existing condition. In 2005, Joe underwent open heart surgery and said it was nearly impossible to find reasonable coverage with his medical history until the Affordable Care Act. Since enrolling, he has already used his insurance at his annual checkup with his cardiologist. Joe can rest easy now knowing his medical history will never dictate the type of coverage he can get again.

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On This Day

 Standing on the Colonnade with Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, prior to the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act Bil signing ceremony in the Red Room of the White House, March 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 President Obama walks to a podium in the Cross Hall, Grand Foyer of the White House, before making a statement regarding the American auto industry, March 30, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama walks away from the podium after delivering a statement regarding the American auto industry in the Cross Hall, Grand Foyer of the White House, March 30, 2009 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 President Obama and Staff Secretary Lisa Brown on the Colonnade prior to the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act Bill signing ceremony, March 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


 President Obama conducts interviews in the Map Room of the White House, March 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


 President Obama walks towards the Oval Office, after returning to the White House from Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va., March 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with advisors for a health care implementation meeting in the Oval Office, March 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama greets actress Hilary Swank and other guest mentors in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House during an event celebrating Women’s History Month, March 30, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama shakes hands with members of the audience following his speech on energy security at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 President Obama greets James Brady in Press Secretary Jay Carney’s West Wing office at the White House, March 30, 2011. Brady, former President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, was wounded during the assassination attempt on President Reagan 30 years ago. Brady’s wife Sarah, right, and son Scott, center, joined him for the meeting (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with White House correspondents Bill Plante, CBS News, and Savannah Guthrie, NBC News, in the Upper Press Office of the White House, March 30, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama looks out the window of Marine One as he departs the White House South Lawn en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md., for a trip to Vermont, March 30, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Marcelle Leahy aboard Air Force One en route to Burlington, Vt., March 30, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is reflected in sunglasses as he greets people on the tarmac following his arrival at Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine, March 30, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


97 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    March 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm


  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

  3. March 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Good Sunday Morning Todders:-)

  4. March 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Too wonderful for words, Nerdy – what a brilliant collection of stories about so many issues that matter. Thank you legend, you’re something else.

  5. 10 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Scrumptious R&S Nerdy! Thank you soooo much!
    That top photo is one of Pete’s all-time greats in my opinion.

  6. 13 desertflower
    March 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I’m just sayin’…this is better than ANY newspaper:) Thanks, Nerdy!

  7. 15 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Outstanding R&S! Thanks, Nerdy!

  8. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    • 18 anniebella
      March 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      If Republicans had won, let me see would we have started a war with Iran or Russia, who is it the U.S. would have invaded?

  9. 19 Linda
    March 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm


    NW….you are famous …I just saw one of your tweets as part of an article over on the Alaska blog The Immoral Minority..


    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Pres. Obama didn’t go to war; no, he went after the money & Putin picked up the phone to discuss diplomatic solutions


  10. 26 desertflower
    March 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    A few of us here were wondering where Jim Stuart’s been lately…well, HE’S BACK!! 🙂 So glad that he is.


    • 27 MightyPamela
      March 30, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Breaking my vow not to read comments, there is only one comment here, it caught my eye as it is from sheriffruitfly, whose tweets I often see posted here by others. The comment is non-committal, makes several points but does not offer any inherent insight into WHY the points are being emphasized, and has a somewhat demeaning tone about people glossing over the achievements of last week so they can ‘feel good’ about the progress which has been made. I guess I don’t understand. Perhaps I shall be more diligent in sticking to my ‘don’t read the comments, MP’ rule. Okay.

  11. 28 anniebella
    March 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    The musicians could fall off the stage, or get shock, yes it’s great that they have health insurance.

    • 30 globalcitizenlinda
      March 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      as a catholic, I don’t thinks I have seen this (a Pope making confessions in public view) before!

      I can’t imagine what that priest felt as he took the confessions of the Pope!

      • 31 Linda
        March 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

        Here is the article.

        VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service.


      • 32 jacquelineoboomer
        March 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        I’m a Catholic, and can remember some of my early confessions where I felt I’d never get through telling the priest THAT, knees knocking (Ha!). The first time I was conscious of a response other than what started as “for your penance,” I was shocked when – after giving me absolution – the priest said, “Pray for me.” YOU, I thought? Very profound to me how humble that was, and basically it dawned on me that none of us are above sin, if you believe in that concept, by the mere fact we are human. Gave me a kind of hope. So, thanks to our Pope for reminding us … we’re all in the struggle to pursue the right path, together … hate the sin; love the sinner!

    • 33 Nena20409
      March 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I stopped going to confession…..for I have never seen such humility by a Pope. I suppose, I would have to restart once again. This is such a true act of a Pope showing the faithful followers that even the Papacy is not above sin.

  12. 34 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    GOP worst nightmare.

  13. 35 Judith Fardig
    March 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    NW – Awesome R&S, as usual. We’re about to drop our subscription to our local rag, The Oregonian, with its click-bait bonus pay incentives for the remaining staff to post fast and furious, not do any real investigative reporting. We have TOD, we don’t need a right-wing media mogul’s watered-down drivel.

  14. 37 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  15. 38 Linda
    March 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    John Nichols is on book tv with others discussing the state of our media…..

  16. 39 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  17. 40 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

  18. 42 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  19. 43 Ladyhawke
    March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Nerdy, scrolling through this fabulous R&S makes me feel like I am being showered with gifts of knowledge. You are spoiling me rotten. Thank you dear. {{{{{{{NW}}}}}}}

  20. 45 amk for obama
    March 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Go Liverpool.

  21. 49 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    thanks for the info in the information included here!

    forward we go, together

  22. 50 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  23. March 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Awesome Awesome Awesome Round up of News….I am at a lost for words to fully express my gratitude to you NW for your ongoing efforts at the TOD Village….to Ms Chipsssss…The BlogTyrants…

    And to alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll those who come here and share their much needed info & Life stories…

    and for those who are out in the field fighting for our Democracy…

    I’m So Grateful

  24. March 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    The Jim Crow era lasted until the 1960s. It took an historic civil rights movement, landmark Supreme Court rulings and Congressional approval of sweeping civil rights laws – including the Voting Rights Act – to end de jure Jim Crow racism.

    Democratic Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson championed the civil rights bills, which passed thanks to a bipartisan alliance of Northern and Western Republicans and Democrats.

    Those Republicans included Sens. Jacob Javits, Clifford Case, Hugh Scott and Everett Dirksen — and Kentucky’s John Sherman Cooper and Thruston Morton. Kentucky Rep. Tim Lee Carter, a Republican, joined the Bluegrass State’s six Democratic congressmen in voting “aye.”

    The likes of moderate Republicans like Cooper and Morton and liberals like Javits and Case are long gone from the GOP, which has chopped away its deep civil rights roots.
    I am in awe of how much it took to beat back the forces of repression and racism…

    it scares me at times to think how much we could slide back to the era of the Night Rider..(it really was not that long ago @ 50 years) I do not belittle the TERROR that black folks felt when black men were lynched at will….but to some degree… Stand Your Ground and Stop & Frisk laws…are creating their own kind of Fear…

    When one of those racist…. sexist…homophobe GOP candidates knocks off a so-called moderate (by today’s standards) it is another blow against democracy and the civil rights of everyone, esp the civil rights of blk folks…


    #FORWARD…..because we must!

  25. 54 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  26. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  27. 58 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    • 59 anniebella
      March 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Boehner and his Republicans are disgusting. They are so eagerly ready to send our boys and girls to fight wars they start, but when it comes to making sure these veterans are taking care of, they don’t want to do that so eagerly.

  28. 61 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  29. 62 desertflower
    March 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Interesting read. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_03/rhetoric_wont_patch_the_gop_up049687.php

    Interestingly, Mr. Williamson says he quit his membership in the Republican Party during the Bush years because he couldn’t abide belonging to the same club as Arlen Specter. He also says that “the Affordable Care Act, [is] the worst domestic defeat for the cause of limited government in a generation,” which is a nice admission. It shows the real reason that conservatives keep bad-mouthing a law that is working very well and is already covering seven million people. We can understand, now, why conservatives have fought the law with so much fury. They believe, correctly, that the mere existence of the law is a tremendous ideological defeat. Whether it works well or not is completely beside the point for these folks.

    Going forward, that’s going to be an increasingly suicidal political position to take. There will be divisions on that, too.

  30. 63 hopefruit2
    March 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    G’d afternoon Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats to df on #1 🙂 Thanks NW for this highly anticipated Sunday R & S, and as always, you did not disappoint! So many goodies in there, so much positive ACA news to browse through – don’t know where to start!

  31. 65 hopefruit2
    March 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  32. 66 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I think that after the enrollment of Obamacare closes, we should :

    (a) be even more vocal about our gratitude to POTUS for Obamacare – the only way the cowardly Dems will realize that they should embrace Obamacare as a positive central 2014 and beyond is if they can know that they have enough happy and determined constituents to benefit their election/re-election;

    (b) directly highlight and confront gop governors, legislatures, congress, senators about WHY they chose to undermine their constituents’ ability to get affordable health care (e.g Medicaid expansion, rules put in place to undermine enrollment and outreach etc);

    (c) organize an equivalent of a “Moral Monday” in each state that focused on unemployment benefits, jobs, voting rights, reproductive rights etc;
    education funding, infrastructure spending etc…;

    (d) contact registered voters and register new voters for Nov

  33. 67 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  34. March 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    AWESOME!!! Great R&S!
    So much to read, so little time.

  35. 70 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    • March 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Oooooh Dudette, these stories make me cry, what an extraordinary impact the ACA is having on people’s lives.

      • 72 Dudette
        March 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        I know. Our candidates need to highlight these stories. This is why the bill is so important. Republicans want to take it away. It’s just that simple.

  36. March 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for this bounty. If I take hours to get through a couple of posts, I can only imagine how long it takes you and Chips to gather all the goodness for us. TY!!!
    Also, too, I crack up every time I see the red Grand Foyer- or as Jon Stewart once called it, ‘I killed Bin Laden Lane.’ 🙂

  37. 75 Nena20409
    March 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    GA TOD.

    I Bow to You, Nerdy Wonka. Holy Toledo. You brought the News Down.

    It will take me all day to read through what YOU have assembled Ms Wonka.


    Now I will go back to yesterday to try and catch up.

    A Tip off my hat to you, Lady Wonka.

    BBL 🙂

  38. 78 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  39. 79 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Tha amazing Pete Souza

  40. March 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Good morning, TODville, and many thanks to NW for this awesome R&S. You are the best, touching all bases in all forms of media.

    It’s a magnificent sunny day here. Primavera! I hope TODers in other regions are finally thawing out.

  41. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    you know it had to happen => crazy gop dismissing Obamacare enrollment numbers;

    well, they should keep doubting as we keep registering more Obamacare accounts;



    • 83 MightyPamela
      March 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Wonder what flavor shit they will be eating when it is shown the numbers are actually a modest and low graph? The true numbers are not in yet…

    • 84 Lovepolitics2008
      March 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      They’re so so predictable. This week: 1) they will say the numbers are false and 2) they will talk non-stop about the people who “haven’t paid”.

      And the media will go right along with them.

      I have no doubt that many in the national press dislike the president and/or are republicans. But thinking of it, one of the problems in the last few years is that this Obama administration is so competent, the media rarely has something REALLY negative to report. Since they thrive in controversy, they are VERY happy that the republicans constantly gives them material. The “material” is mainly bullshit and deep down they must know it. But who cares if that allows them to create some drama on tv day after day WITHOUT doing REAL journalism work ?

    • 85 Nena20409
      March 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      They are so predictable. And this wicked idiot calls himself a doctor?

      Shame on him.

  42. 86 hopefruit2
    March 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Africa just tweeted this lovely slide show from Pete Souza featuring PBO’s European trip last week. Many new pics that we haven’t yet seen. Enjoy!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  43. 90 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  44. 91 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I love this.

    The kids know who he truly is at his core.

    Thank you, Pete Souza!

  45. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    yes, it is depressing to keep reading stories of republicans who have enrolled in Obamacare but still claim to hate PBO with a passion;

    however, as I commented a few weeks ago, this taking one for the team and enrolling republicans in Obamacare is something we must do for the sake of the future of this law and for the nation;

    true, some die-hard republicans will NEVER say a good word about our exceptional POTUS, PBO, but if they can eventually be convinced to vote for politicians who will protect and strengthen Obamacare then this short term crap is worth it

    • 94 Sandy1110
      March 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Yes, it’s ridiculous and you can only hope a few of them recognize the cognitive dissonance of hating the man who actually helps them while their beloved GOP wouldn’t bat an eye if they died off.

  46. 95 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  47. March 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Poor people and minorities, in particular, often lack access to their birth certificates, and don’t have passports. People who “look foreign” are often asked to produce proof of citizenship at a higher rate than those who don’t.

    The requirement can be added to the long list of other stumbling blocks — voter ID requirements, early voting cutbacks, stringent absentee ballot rules — that have no civic purpose other than to give Republicans a political advantage.



    The GOP trying to re-implement JIM CROW….one law/State at a time…
    using the COOKIE CUTTER LAWS drafted by ALEC…

  48. 97 HZ
    March 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    ((((((((((((((((((((( TY, NerdyW.))))))))))))))))))HZ

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