Rise and Shine

On This Day: April 3, 2013: “The President hugs Sue Connors and Jane Dougherty, right, following his remarks at the Denver Police Academy in Denver, Colo. The women lost their sister, Mary Sherlach, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.” (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern):

3:20: President Obama welcomes the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House; East Room

4:0: Signs the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act

6:0: Meets with the bipartisan Congressional leadership




E.J. Dionne: The GOP Must Admit It Was Wrong On Obamacare

Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones? The fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit its original goal this week of signing up more than 7 million people through its insurance exchanges ought to be a moment of truth — literally as well as figuratively. It ought to give everyone, particularly members of the news media, pause over how reckless the opponents of change have been in making instant judgments and outlandish charges.

When the health-care Web site went haywire last fall, conservatives were absolutely certain this technological failure meant that the entire reform effort was doomed. If you doubt this, try a Google search keyed to that period relating the word “doomed” to the health-care law. It should be said that the general public was much wiser. A CNN poll in November that Post blogger Greg Sargent highlighted at the time found a majority (54 percent to 45 percent) saying that the problems facing the law “will eventually be solved.” Political moderates took this view by 55 percent to 43 percent, independents by 50 percent to 48 percent. Only Republicans — by a whopping 72 percent to 27 percent — and conservatives (by 66 percent to 33 percent) thought the law could never be fixed.

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Chan Lowe: Obamacare Beats Its Goal

You have to respect the tenacity of Republicans, especially those who’ve been catering to their benighted primary voters back home by beating the hell out of the ACA. They’ve adhered to a long obstructionist tradition that includes opposition to FDR’s Social Security and LBJ’s Great Society initiatives. They know full well that these “giveaway” programs, as they like to call them, develop faithful constituencies. Once the programs are entrenched, any attempt to destroy them has a way of backfiring on the perpetrator. The Affordable Care Act now boasts over seven million individual advocates, many of whom will be benefiting from preventive health care for the first time in their lives.

As their cancers and other diseases are caught and treated in their incipient stages — before they become fatal — the newly anointed are likely to go out among the multitudes and preach the gospel. The ACA is going to grow, and with each new adherent it will become ever more stable and viable.Meanwhile, the greatest compliment this nation can ever pay to the 44th President of the United States and his legacy will be that, decades from now — when Sasha and Malia are great-grandmothers —America’s national health care plan will continue to thrive and be known by its vernacular title: “Obamacare.”

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Harold Meyerson: How Capitalism Enriches The Few Rather Than The Many

Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys,” his takedown of high-speed stock trading, may be making headlines this week, but it’s just one of two books on our economic dysfunctions that are flying off the shelves. While “Flash Boys” explains how the fastest-growing form of trading enriches the few at the expense of the many, the other book, Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” provides a more fundamental and disquieting explanation: how capitalism itself enriches the few at the expense of the many. Since 1980, however, their fortunes have swelled again — at the expense of everyone else. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher slashed taxes on wealth, workers lost the ability to bargain for wages and, crucially, the population growth of many nations ground nearly to a halt. Capital, again, was accumulating faster than the overall economies were growing.

In the United States, Piketty shows, the incomes of the top 1 percent have grown so high — chiefly due to the linkage of top executive pay to share value, a form of capital — that they soon will create the greatest level of income inequality in the recorded history of any nation. Indeed, Piketty’s book provides a valuable explanatory context for America’s economic woes. Wages constitute the lowest share of U.S. GDP, and profits the highest, since the end of World War II. And with heightened accumulations of wealth come heightened accumulations of political power — a shift toward plutocracy to which Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision, permitting the wealthy to contribute to as many electoral campaigns as they wish, adds a helpful push.

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L.A. Times: High Deportation Figures Are Misleading

Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the “deporter in chief” and staging large protests that have harmed his standing with some Latinos, a key group of voters for Democrats.
But the portrait of a steadily increasing number of deportations rests on statistics that conceal almost as much as they disclose. A closer examination shows that immigrants living illegally in most of the continental U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama came to office, according to immigration data. Expulsions of people who are settled and working in the United States have fallen steadily since his first year in office, and are down more than 40% since 2009. On the other side of the ledger, the number of people deported at or near the border has gone up — primarily as a result of changing who gets counted in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s deportation statistics.

The vast majority of those border crossers would not have been treated as formal deportations under most previous administrations. If all removals were tallied, the total sent back to Mexico each year would have been far higher under those previous administrations than it is now. Until recent years, most people caught illegally crossing the southern border were simply bused back into Mexico in what officials called “voluntary returns,” but which critics derisively termed “catch and release.” Those removals, which during the 1990s reached more 1 million a year, were not counted in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deportation statistics. Now, the vast majority of border crossers who are apprehended get fingerprinted and formally deported. The change began during the George W. Bush administration and accelerated under Obama. The policy stemmed in part from a desire to ensure that people who had crossed into the country illegally would have formal charges on their records. In the Obama years, all of the increase in deportations has involved people picked up within 100 miles of the border, most of whom have just recently crossed over. In 2013, almost two-thirds of deportations were in that category.

At the same time, the administration largely ended immigration roundups at workplaces and shifted investigators into targeting business owners who illegally hired foreign workers. “If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it’s just highly unlikely to happen,” John Sandweg, until recently the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview. Even when immigration officials want to deport someone who already has settled in the country, doing so is “virtually impossible” because of a lengthy backlog in the immigration courts, Sandweg said. Once people who have no prior removals or convictions are placed in deportation proceedings, actually removing them from the country can take six years or more in some jurisdictions, Sandweg said.

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Rebecca Berg: With Obamacare Enrollment Milestone Met, Democrats Feel Cautious Enthusiasm

Democrats who have been expecting a tough slog to defend the implementation of Obamacare in this important midterm election year weren’t just pleased this week with news that 7.1 million people had enrolled in health insurance through federal or state exchanges. They were jubilant, and more than a little relieved. “The Affordable Care Act CRUSHED its first major enrollment deadline!” a fundraising email on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee declared Wednesday.

Such caps-lock, exclamatory enthusiasm is reflective of a brightening mood this week among Democrats, who understand that many of their candidates could win or lose this year on the merits of the health care law and its first-year implementation. And for a party that has suffered a long political winter, the creep of cautious optimism is a welcome warming trend.”This is a new political environment where implementation of law is going well. That’s a much better political environment for us,” said Matt Canter, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee deputy executive director.

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Andy Kroll: The Supreme Court Just Gutted Another Campaign Finance Law. Here’s What Happened

The Supreme Court on Wednesday released its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the blockbuster money-in-politics case of the current term. The court’s five conservative justices all agreed that the so-called aggregate limit on the amount of money a donor can give to candidates, political action committees, and political parties is unconstitutional. In a separate opinion, conservative justice Clarence Thomas went even further, calling on the court to overrule Buckley v. Valeo, the 1976 decision that concluded it was constitutional to limit contributions to candidates. In their dissent, the court’s four liberal justices called their colleagues’ logic “faulty” and said it “misconstrues the nature of the competing constitutional interests at stake.” The dissent continues, “Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

How’d this happen? In the 2012 election cycle, a wealthy Alabama businessman named Shaun McCutcheon tried to make donations in the amount of $1,776 to 27 right-leaning congressional candidates. Not so fast, replied the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the nation’s campaign finance watchdog.After this decision, how much can Shaun McCutcheon give? Hypothetically, a single donor can now contribute as much as $3.5 million, to be divvied up between candidates, PACs, and political parties. No single entity could receive any more than the legal limits, and when you add up all the contributions a donor could potentially make without the aggregate limits, you get $3.5 million. (The overall aggregate limit was raised to $123,200 for the 2014 cycle.)University of California-Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, who did not support McCutcheon’s cause, nonetheless has argued that the decision could reinvigorate the parties and maybe scale back the gridlock crippling Congress. What comes next? Although the court’s majority opinion in McCutcheon, written by Roberts, blew up the FEC’s aggregate limits, it did not take a broader swipe at campaign finance restrictions in general. Court watchers feared a decision in McCutcheon that would open the door to future legal assaults on the bedrock of campaign finance law: direct contribution limits, such as the $2,600 limit to candidates, the $5,000 limit to PACs and party committees, and so on.

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Dylan Scott: How The White House Is Always Outflanking The GOP On Obamacare

House Republicans will vote on Thursday to repeal yet another piece of Obamacare: the provision that sets 30 hours as the threshold for defining full-time employees, raising it to 40 hours. A company’s compliance with the law’s employer mandate depends on its number of full-time employees, so fewer full-time workers would presumably lighten the mandate’s load on businesses. If that seems like small potatoes for the party after its leaders continued to advocate for full repeal this week, here’s why: The Obama administration has outmaneuvered Republicans on Obamacare, and the opposition party doesn’t have many options left in its quest to roll back any part of the law. The administration already made unilateral alterations to unpopular pieces of the law, drawing bewildered reactions even from supporters.

But by making changes itself, the White House hasn’t let the GOP get in on the game, despite the party’s unending stream of anti-Obamacare bills — therefore denying Republicans the opportunity to extract the high-profile pound of flesh from the law that they’ve been seeking for years. On its face, it’s tough to see the policy rationale for this latest attack on the law. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor explained the GOP’s thinking on the chamber floor Wednesday, arguing that Obamacare’s 30-hour rule had encouraged businesses to cut their workers’ hours and that raising the threshold would restore hours and therefore wages. The Congressional Budget Office projected, however, that the proposal would lead to 500,000 more uninsured Americans and raise the federal deficit by nearly $74 billion over the next 10 years.

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Maidan Translations: Widespread Disappointment Grows In Crimea

Earlier this week, two thirds of the peninsula were left without electricity. Who is to blame is still unclear, but the supply of electricity from the mainland has been substantially reduced. Officials warn that soon the separatists will receive significantly higher electricity bills. The promises to pensioners also turned out to be a myth. Their pensions were never doubled, but simply converted into rubles, reports TSN. Pricing chaos. Empty banks and ATMs. Lines for several days at a time. These are the first results of “improvement,” Crimean-style. All the joys of civilization, which were obvious before, do not work. The lights can be turned off at any time. In one’s passport, an address that doesn’t exist. Salary cards are a bare piece of plastic. Lines for pay, are just like in old Soviet films. For Crimeans, these old films have become a reality.

Olga Kunina does not hesitate to call Yevpatoria her home town, even though she had been living in the Ukrainian capital [Kyiv] for ten years now. She also insists that she will speak Ukrainian on camera. “I want to keep my Ukrainian passport, I want to be proud of being a Ukrainian, I don’t want to be forced to become a Russian because of the situation they are trying to put me in,” she says. Olga’s compatriots – ethnic Russians – dreamed of getting rich immediately after the so-called referendum. They wanted to sell out their citizenship for increased pensions. But the only increase has been in their disappointment. “We got exactly the same [pensions – Ed.], only in Russian rubles,” – explain the retirees. And in coins Russia is withdrawing from circulation. The rubles started causing chaos on the markets and in prices.

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Jonathan Weisman: Health Enrollment Numbers Lift Democratic Hopes

After months of pummeling by Republicans and with a grim election season approaching, Democrats on Tuesday had a rare bright day. President Obama’s announcement that the new health care plan had enrolled 7.1 million Americans coincided with the release by Representative Paul D. Ryan of a new Republican budget that proposes changes in Medicare and deep cuts in spending. It’s far too early to say a political turnaround is at hand, but for the first time this election year, Democrats are evincing some confidence that they have at least stanched the bleeding. “It’s changing. If you’ve been around awhile, and I’ve been around awhile, you can sense it,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. “You’re not going to turn away seven or 10 million people from insurance coverage — doesn’t work anymore. And then comes Ryan. Thank you, thank you Congressman Paul Ryan, for reminding us what Republicans would do if they had control.”

On the plus side, the president’s announcement that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for private health policies through the law’s exchange is likely to prove understated. Once totals are tabulated to include new Medicaid enrollees, people who signed up for new federally protected policies through private insurance brokers, and young adults who have stayed on their parents’ policies because of the law, the figure is likely to be at least double that. Moreover, the Ryan budget, which was approved by the House Budget Committee on Wednesday night along party lines, will present the Democrats a chance to expand the political conversation. It cuts Medicaid by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, food stamps by $125 billion, education programs by $145 billion — including Pell grants — and makes university students begin paying interest on student loans while still in college.

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Jonathan Chait: Charles Koch Explains Why He Is So Crazy

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page owns the deluded self-pitying billionaire screed genre, and today, it brings us Charles Koch. From the outside, Koch would appear to have it pretty good. He owns a vast fortune inherited in substantial part from his father. He commands enormous political influence, with hundreds of politicians and other political elites at his beck and call. But Koch’s view of himself is as a kind of ragtag freedom fighter hunted nearly to extinction. Here is Koch attempting to explain the major source of his grievance: Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.)

This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers. So the trouble is that his critics attempt to “discredit” and “intimidate” him and employ “character assassination.” All these terms appear to be Koch synonyms for “saying things about Charles Koch that Charles Koch does not agree with.” In the kind of “free and open” debate he imagines, Koch would continue to use his fortune to wield massive political influence, and nobody would ever say anything about him that makes him unhappy.

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NYT: To Ponder: More Food Is Sourced At Home By Gardeners

The number of American households in which residents are growing their own food — either in home or community gardens — has increased 17 percent over the last five years, to 43 million, or one in three households according to a report to be released Wednesday from the National Gardening Association. While gardening was not so long ago associated with retirees in silly pants, the trend is now driven by Americans from ages 18 to 34 who are tending gardens of all sizes.

The association, which has published annual statistics on food gardening in America since 1978, cited a home gardening campaign by Michelle Obama as one of the factors in the rise. “Six years ago, we planted the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn to inspire a national conversation about food and nutrition,” Mrs. Obama said by email, “and as healthy habits are becoming the new norm in America, I hope that interest in gardening and healthy eating continues to grow.”

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On This Day:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join staff aboard Air Force One during their flight April 3, 2009, from Stansted Airport in Essex, England, en route to Strasbourg, France (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton aboard Air Force One during flight from Stansted Airport in Essex, England to France, April 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama walks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy from the Palais Rohan (Palace Rohan) April 3, 2009, following their meeting in Strasbourg, France (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, joined by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, receives an enthusiastic welcome April 3, 2009, to Palais Rohan (Palace Rohan) in Strasbourg, France (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of French President Sarkozy at the Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace) April 3, 2009, in Strasbourg, France (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama reviews his speech to the Turkish parliament with speechwriter Ben Rhodes while eating lunch April 3, 2009, in Strasbourg, France (Photo/Pete Souza)


109 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    April 3, 2014 at 11:07 am

    • 7 anniebella
      April 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

      I’m shock Nerdy

    • April 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thanks so much for helping to spread the word on this.

      • 9 Nerdy Wonka
        April 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm

        Thanks, Meta.

        So glad that the truth is being revealed. The President who put DACA in place to help millions of Dreamers would not then use a hammer indiscriminately. He’ll follow the law put in place but he’ll use a scalpel to enforce that law.

    • 10 Lovepolitics2008
      April 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Wow. I admit I believed the narrative but thought it was just that the system was “functioning” better ( as everything in this administration) instead of President Obama wanting more deportations, because I obviously know he wants a to citizenship for the immigrants that have been in America for a long time.

      I should have known better.

      Time to spread the truth.

    • 11 vcprezofan2
      April 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Moral of the story – as perusual – when it doesn’t sound like our president we can wait for the true explanation. Fearmongers & Co. will never have this kind of certainty about their leaders. 🙂

  2. April 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Maaaaaaaaaaagnificent Nerdy, thank you so so so so much, you are a gem!!

  3. 14 anniebella
    April 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Boy do I remember that First Lady Michelle–Carla Burni showdown.

  4. 17 japa21
    April 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    A comment

  5. 19 japa21
    April 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I found out that that picture of Putin’s ex is an old one. Too bad.

    • 20 Desertflower
      April 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Found out today that Putin’s divorce is now final. Who the hell would want that???!!! Yuk! She was smart to get out of that after 30 years. Can you imagine that asshole next to you for 30 years ?? Skeeves me out

  6. 21 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2014 at 11:17 am


    America’s Voice | Released on 04/02/2014 at 12:52pm


    Washington, DC – This morning on the floor of the House of Representatives Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) told House Republicans that time is running out for them to take action on immigration reform. If action isn’t taken by the July 4th Congressional recess, he predicts that President Obama will take bold executive action to keep immigrant families together.



    Gutiérrez to GOP: 34 days to act on immigration

  7. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    April 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

  8. 23 Judith Fardig
    April 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    That cartoon about the GOP health care plan, Eleph-I-Care totally cracked me up!

  9. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    April 3, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Can’t stop watching the Rose The Riveters video. So wonderful and humbling. She had been writing since the Clinton administration and was ignored until President Obama’s administration. Who you put in office and the people they hire really does matter.

    Plus, the kiss she gave President Obama. Woooohoooo! Only grandmas can get away with that and make it look cute not creepy. 🙂

    • 25 globalcitizenlinda
      April 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

      great video!

      yes, elections matter;

      and she really amused me with her peck on PBO – like she was expressing same feeling to her child or grandchild

    • April 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

      She wasn’t going to let that moment pass her by! They are all so amazing. Can’t believe their ages!

      • 27 carolyn
        April 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Have to admit I cried a bit while watching the Rosie the Riveter video. President Obama and VP Biden obviously love and respect women. When have we seen this level of respect before from our two top elected leaders? We sure do not see it in so many state and national leaders today.
        I have a feeling that one of the strongest reasons we have Obamacare today is because the president saw what his mother went through fighting insurance companies while she was dying of cancer. This health care reform is a memorial to her as much as anything, I think. Perhaps it should be called the Ann Dunham Obama health reform……He never forgot.

    • 28 Judith Fardig
      April 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      This video was totally charming. The Rosies’ persistence paid off big-time.

  10. 29 amk for obama
    April 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

    • 30 anniebella
      April 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      amk, I think 15% of Republicans blame Obama for slavery. 30% blame Obama for racism. 10% blame him for World War 1&2. 20% blame Obama for Jimmy Hoffa death. You see when you are fill with HATE you lose all common sense.

  11. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    April 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Your cute video of the day.

    • 32 carolyn
      April 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      When PBO and FLOTUS meet the Scandinavian royalty, they are similar in height, like the Dutch royalty. It must be comfortable for them to meet others who are tall.

      • 33 anniebella
        April 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Did FLOTUS put POTUS flag pin on? And brush his jacket. Kind of funny that POTUS is wearing a flag pin but Boehner or any of the other Republicans don’t. Do McCain or Graham wear one? I remember when the right had alot to say about POTUS not wearing the flag pin.

  12. April 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Great Rise & Shine NW! May I had a PSA to cat owners?

  13. 35 Vicki
    April 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Nerdy, another great r& S. Thank you.
    I read the piece on Cantor’s new anti-ACA bill coming up for a vote today. I could Not understand it.
    Then I thought, “So what if I don’t understand? It is a Repub bill. It will not matter.”

    On the Cuomo de Blasio letter from the WH. I haven’t been writing about NY much because what has happened here to Mayor de Blasio is a tragedy. I was luke-warm about Andrew Cuomo until he showed his true colors in his behavior with de Blasio. Hideous!

    If anyone is interested in the calamity in NYC read Michael Powells column in the NY Times today called “A Victory and a Knife in the Side.”
    Also front page article “For Cuomo, Pivotal role in charter school push.”

  14. 36 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2014 at 11:53 am


    —– Food For Thought —–

    1) Covert Operations (By Jane Mayer)

    The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.


    2) The Koch Brothers – Exposed! (By Juliam Brookes)


    3) Robert Greenwald’s “Koch Brothers Exposed” (Full)

  15. 37 Nena20409
    April 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

    GM TOD.

    Great R&S NW

    Discussion on Guns


  16. 38 donna dem 4 obama
    April 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Okay I think I’ve expressed on a number of occasions that I am not a pet person. Some of you remember my experience last year with being held hostage in my home for several hours when a vicious pit bull was left in my driveway and wouldn’t allow me out of my house. That didn’t help my opinion of owning a pet. I don’t dislike cats and dogs in fact I think that some are quite nice and cute (ala Danny O) but I admire them from a distance. I know that there are many here who love their pets. I would like for you all who have pets to read this article and tell me what you think. Full disclosure, I work for the company in this article. I adore Emmy from afar but I also have my opinions on how they are using this dog. I’d like to read yours….



    p.s. because the property is still under construction, Emmy spends her days for now at my work place.

  17. 40 Nena20409
    April 3, 2014 at 11:56 am


    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney delivers the daily press briefing to reporters from the White House, beginning at approximately 12pm ET.

    12:00PM 😉 Ish

  18. 41 globalcitizenlinda
    April 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

    the arrogance of Koch brothers is amazing to watch – greedy whiners;

    they spend boatloads of money setting one group of poor people against the other & stroking racial and socio-economic divisions;

    they spend millions attacking every people-serving institution, the environment, the rights of every non-gop and non-rich person, and the social safety-net and they don’t want to be called out;

    light has to shine on these corrupt, greedy political cockroaches;

    if they can’t handle the scrutiny then they need to go back to their mansions and count their dirty billions;

    • 42 japa21
      April 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      It occurs to me that the Koch brothers are starting to feel a little nervous. They have really preferred a degree of anonymity, preferring to pull the strings from behind the curtain. They are starting to see that their efforts are becoming more and more transparent to more and more people.

      This recent op-ed by Charles (also know as Chuckles) is a perfect example of that. It isn’t that he really feels put upon by the negative attention. With his money, he really could care less.

      Rather it is that he, along with many others in the 1%, are seeing signs of their power slipping away. They are coming out from behind the curtain to attack their attackers. But they come across as whiney children. The GOP and their patrons, as I mentioned yesterday, no longer know how to play defense. They, for far too long, have been the ones making everyone else feel defensive. So their recaction to being on the defnesive, to being the actual targets of attack, is to puff up their chests and say “How dare you. Don’t you know who we are?”

      That isn’t working, they know it isn’t working, and they are lost at trying to fugure out how else to respond.

      • April 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      • 44 globalcitizenlinda
        April 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        your assessment is spot on!

        but when you decide to fight against 99% of a country and this population is really hurting, then you expect they will try to fight back – billions can’t protect you for ever from angry people who have nothing to loose ;

        the Koch brothers also appear to be seeking public acceptance by donating to great causes but this can’t be enough to compensate for all the damage they are doing to all corners of the country

  19. April 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  20. 46 amk for obama
    April 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    • 47 Vicki
      April 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Yes, POTUS was able to answer all threats efffectively.
      Progressive NYC Mayor de Blasio is not faring so well. See my comments up above.

      • 48 hopefruit2
        April 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

        It will be an adjustment period for de Blasio, but I think he will overcome this eventually. And New Yorkers hopefully will wisen up and realize where the real source of problems lie. The media did the same thing with David Dinkins 25 yrs ago. Republican mayors only come under scrutiny when they are out of office or nearing the end of their 2 (or 3) terms. No such grace period for recent Dem mayors who get attacked by the media from inauguration day…

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  23. 53 Linda
    April 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Charles Koch.


    If you scroll down to ” Indirect Links” and place the cursor over the name Richard Fink…you will see how the Koch’s pass their money through him to all kinds of political groups including Americans for Prosperity which they claim to have NO connection.

    This is a great site to dig into the weeds of the filthy rice and their monies.

  24. April 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

  25. 61 globalcitizenlinda
    April 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    when I see comments attributed to Robert Gibbs, I wonder if :

    (a) he regrets leaving the WH post in what I think was a need to cash-in ( I seem to recall that this was one of the reasons that appeared in the news at the time;

    (b) his personal goals didn’t come to pass – remember how he was rumored to be going to work for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (sp) ?

    I had that opportunity to work with PBO, I would cherish it & fiercely guard my memories from all influence/money-peddlers – because it is priceless!

    • April 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      He’s welcome to his own experiences and reflections but to do so while PBO is our sitting POTUS on issues of such great importance to signature legislation, does not WASH. I’m sure he’s being paid for these remarks at every turn but he can go write a book later or do whatever but this is something that reeks of personal ego burn and hurt feels. He’s making terrible choices.

      • 63 globalcitizenlinda
        April 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

        yes he is;

        this makes me glad he is no longer working in the WH or for PBO – POTUS has enough haters as it is and does not need additional back-stabbers

  26. 64 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm



    1) Reid sees GOP as ‘addicted to Koch’ (Includes video of 12 minute floor speech)


    2) The Facts About The Koch Brothers



  27. 65 57andfemale
    April 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  28. April 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    So today Jay is having to deal with the wreckage of Gibbs’ statements about the employer mandate. IRONY

  29. April 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Because why not, that’s why.

  30. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    April 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    fascinating assumption;

    animal behavior can serve as early-warning signs of impending natural disaster but I hope that this volcanic eruption does not come to pass or if it doe, then let there be no damage to humans, animals and property;

    • 78 MightyPamela
      April 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      If anyone has studied the stats on super volcanos, this report would cause you to be paying attention. I know I will be, living out here in the PNW, where we know eventually our 9.0+ will come, just don’t know when. The ‘if’ part was removed long ago. Be not afraid, it is all in the natural evolution of the Earth. Our home.

  31. 79 Nena20409
    April 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Some made a comment about Robert Gibbs.

    Was just at TPM and here’s what they say Jay said.


    “I don’t,” Carney told reporters, when asked if he agreed with Robert Gibbs, who was quoted by a local Colorado paper as saying the mandate “will be one of the first things to go.”

    “You can make predictions all the time that turn out not to be true,” Carney said.

    • 80 57andfemale
      April 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Seriously, what the hell has happened with Gibbs?

      • 81 hopefruit2
        April 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        He went to work for corporate media and is now doing their bidding…Perhaps he plans to release a “tell all” book just a month before the midterms? I wish him good luck with that.

        • 82 Nena20409
          April 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

          I am suspecting something else. You don’t work for one for 8 plus years and then come out this way so bitter. There something else. This guy was offered REAL money to work for Tech Company in CA. He ended up turning it down to do the 2012 campaign. Something is wrong here. It has some psychological bent to it.

          • 83 hopefruit2
            April 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

            True Nena. What are you thinking might be the psychological reason?

            • 84 globalcitizenlinda
              April 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

              could it be a personal grudge with someone who is still working closely with PBO in the WH?

              heard “rumors” of some in-fighting among some of the senior people with some trying to see that they have more love/influence of/on PBO

              • 85 hopefruit2
                April 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

                Yes, I was thinking along the lines of a personal grudge with Jay Carney who was selected to replace Gibbs and who seems to have been receiving better reviews from the public. I know there was some issues with him and FLOTUS (and he even apologized later) but I can’t recall exactly what and when it took place.

                • 86 globalcitizenlinda
                  April 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

                  only thing I heard was when he apparently seemed to agree with the unfair criticism of the trip FLOTUS took to the South of Spain with her family & friends (recall earlier on the administration) – in one of the photos she had on that cool white & black blouse & cool shades;

        • 87 57andfemale
          April 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

          If memory serves, he was terrific in the 2008 campaign but then pretty much sucked as Press Secretary. Jay Carney may be one of the best press secretaries in history.

          • 88 hopefruit2
            April 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

            Yes, I suspect Gibbs may be harboring some jealousy where Jay is concerned. Jay has received the highest nod of approval from PBO supporters (and others).

            • 89 carolyn
              April 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

              I was very disappointed in Gibbs as press secretary. I thought his answers on many things were weak, and he seemed unprepared in his press conferences. Jay is prepared. Gibbs handled the signing of the ACA in a weak manner. He should have touted and praised it, he didn’t. He was a weak sister then. He needs to learn about loyalty. I hope someone from the WH schools him…..

          • 90 Obama Grandmama
            April 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm

            I agree that I did not like Gibbs as a Press Secretary. He reminded me a little of Eugene Robinson who won a special journalistic award, but cannot speak without stammering or hemming and hawing. Gibbs stammered upon answering questions and searched for words not able to explain things clearly. Just because we are good in one area it does not make us experts in all areas. I think Gibbs did an admirable job on the campaign, but not as Press Secretary just as Eugene seems to excel at writing, but not so much at speaking.

    • 91 Linda
      April 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      He uses PBO to puff up his bio for the new company he started with Ben LaBolt…..

      Gibbs has helped companies across a multitude of industries to create and implement communications strategies grounded in research and data and built for long-term success. A core member of the team that built the Obama brand from the ground up, beginning in 2004, when then-Senator Obama was a first-term legislator from Illinois, Gibbs previously served in several senior roles for President Obama, including White House Press Secretary—a role in which he developed communications strategies for the White House and served as the Obama administration’s primary voice on a wide range of complex issues. The New York Times called Gibbs the “president’s political compass.”


  32. April 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  33. April 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Stonekettle has a new/old post. . .

  34. April 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    “Back in April 2007, in the midst of the greatest commodities rally on record, OAO Gazprom’s deputy chief executive officer, Alexander Medvedev, was talking big.

    Russia’s natural-gas export monopoly aspired to be the world’s largest company, he said while offering up a prediction: its market value would quadruple to $1 trillion in as little as seven years.

    Medvedev was off by $910 billion. Since he made that forecast, no company among the world’s top 5,000 has suffered a bigger collapse in market capitalization than Gazprom, a $154 billion plunge that’s become emblematic of the malaise that has overtaken President Vladimir Putin’s economy. The state-run company has tumbled three straight years in the stock market as it stepped up spending on everything from the Olympic games in Sochi to projects in Siberia.

    “Gazprom is a champion in value destruction,” Ian Hague, founding partner of New York-based Firebird Management LLC, which manages $1.3 billion of assets including Russian stocks, said by phone April 2. “It’s not just Gazprom that failed to achieve its goal of increasing market capitalization. It’s Russia who failed. It failed to create an environment where state-owned companies would function as shareholder-owned entities.””


  35. 95 57andfemale
    April 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t want to be here, working for my batshit crazy boss who is letting an idiot butcher my work. I want to be home, cuddling with the puppies or making a quilt.

    As my good friend said to me the other day – Why can’t we make a living being good people?

    • 96 0388jojothecat
      April 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I hear you 57 I work from home but have deal with customers who lie and batshit crazy boss and company. I wish I could get paid for playing with my kitties and reading TOD. I’d be a millionaire. : )

      • 97 57andfemale
        April 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

        I should be able to work at home at least half the time. What I do is easily done from my home computer and my own research materials. But no, he has to treat me like an idiot and here I sit, often lugging bags of heavy books. I won’t bore anyone with the details of this man’s insanity but he is certifiable.

        Spending way too much time on TOD today……

  36. 98 Nena20409
    April 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Meygan Kelly was reported to have described the ethnicity of the Shooter, but never his name. Of course, just as Ms Kelly was sure of the ethnicity of Jesus Christ and Father Christmas…..Santa.

    To many righties, Rafael Cruz is one of their own and George Zimmerman…..they have quite accepted his ethnicity, but they do his accept his killing of a Teen, Trayvon Benjamin Martin.

    I wonder how the same group will feel about Ivan Lopez.


  37. 99 Nena20409
    April 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    So since Sept Uninsured has a drop rate of 15%…….?

    @JohnJHarwood has two interesting stats on his Twitter feed. Help anyone to post it here please.

    Per Mr. Harwood, as of Feb 1, POTUS was at 41% Mar 2nd, was at 42% and Apr 2nd, is currently at 45% average when all the polls are used as a factor..

  38. 100 JER
    April 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

  39. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    April 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  40. April 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Welp, seems Mickey D’s can stand to not serve burgers to Crimeans.

  41. April 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Russia is miffed that NATO is building up forces in its eastern members

    • April 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Tzar Vlad will soon be watching multiple NATO Members participating in military exercises in Ukraine, as well. The dude better just stick with stealing from his own citizens which is the only skill that he’s demonstrated any competence.

  42. 105 vcprezofan2
    April 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Have to end the lunchtime break and rush back. SYL 😀

  43. 106 donna dem 4 obama
    April 3, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    • 107 globalcitizenlinda
      April 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      funny, but I was scrolling down and refreshing so as to post a request for Gibbs’ twitter account- I have a few things to ask him

  44. April 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” provides a more fundamental and disquieting explanation: how capitalism itself enriches the few at the expense of the many.

    Too Late: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_bovenbazen

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