Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama encourages a young participant at the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 13, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The Week Ahead

Today: The President has no public events scheduled.

Monday: The President will host an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

Tuesday: The President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

Wednesday: President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy.

Thursday: The President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.

Friday: The President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion. Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.


10:0 PM ET today: President Obama appears in the Showtime documentary series ‘Years of Living Dangerously’, produced by James Cameron, to discuss climate change.


Karen Rubin: Obama At National Action Network, Defends Voting Rights, Issues Call To Action

President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned defense of voting rights and a call to action to vote. Delivering the keynote address which concluded the National Action Network’s convention in New York City, on Friday, April 11, Obama declared, “Just as inequality feeds on injustice, opportunity requires justice. And justice requires the right to vote.” Just the day before, at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, he had reflected upon the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 under President Lyndon B Johnson, and his remarks built on that theme. The Voting Rights Act, which some regard as even more crucial an achievement, did not come until 1965. Showing a full gamut of emotions during his 20-minute speech, from bemusement to impassioned invocation, to a folksy, intimate conversation, he used the fabricated controversy over his birth certificate to make the more serious point of documents being required to vote that low-income people,

elderly people, urbanites, young people may not have, and even women, who by virtue of getting married have a different name on their drivers’ license, may be denied access to the polls, while in other districts, people are being forced to stand for hours on end in order to cast a ballot. He pointed to some successes in his administration – 9 million jobs created since the financial collapse of 2008, the Affordable Care Act that saw nearly 8 million enrollees, millions more covered under expanded Medicaid and a significant drop in the percentage of uninsured, lowered high school drop out rates. But he talked, as well, about the Opportunity Agenda – raising the minimum wage, universal Pre-K, access to affordable health care, pay equity, job training, access to higher education, addressing the impacts of carbon pollution that disproportionately affect low-income communities, immigration reform, that can only be achieved, first because of the ballot box.

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LOL GOP: This Is A Fantastic Pro-Obamacare Ad – Why Aren’t There A Thousand Like It?

Since news broke that enrollments in the Obamacare exchanges had broken 7 million, there has been a steady stream of positive indications for the law. Signups in the exchanges continue at impressive pace as the deadline to complete applications nears. Medicaid expansion is taking off in Michigan and will continue all year long. But the best news is this new ad from a Super PAC supporting Alaska senator Mark Begich that makes the most effective case for the law — it ends discrimination against people who’ve gotten sick. This is a fantasitc message because you know who gets sick? Everyone, eventually. The bad news is we likely won’t be seeing many ads like this from candidates as Democrats in close elections recognize that the enthusiasm is on the side of repeal, which is less popular than the law nationally but gospel among the GOP base.

Going on the offense, which is always the right strategy, is more challenging when you’re afraid your only inflaming the people most likely to vote in a low-turn out election. However, there is a huge opportunity for outside groups and supporters of the law to flood the internet with these kinds of testimonials. Film a friend. Speak into a camera. I’m even thinking about how to fund a contest for the best homemade video. The tide could be turning for this law and personal stories — along with stern indictments of the incredible cruelty of denying Medicaid expansion — could transform the political landscape. And there are signs the shift has already begun.

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Justin Baragona: Can White Conservatives Please Stop Saying That Racism Doesn’t Exist Anymore?

In the aftermath of Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks at a National Action Network event on Wednesday, white conservative pundits have used their airtime to complain about Holder ‘playing the race card.’ Some have even gone so far as saying that racism is no longer a problem in America and doesn’t even exist anymore. On two programs this past week, we witnessed panel discussions about race where all the participants were white. On Thursday, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough defended Gohmert’s behavior and accused the Attorney General and the President of playing the race card too often. He then tried to lead a discussion on racism, or the lack thereof, in Washington. His feeling is that Washington is just a tough place to work, and that Bill Clinton, Janet Reno and Richard Nixon all dealt with worse behavior from political opponents. He was able to get agreement from others on the panel that racism is not an issue in Washington and that this is all just politics as usual.


Now, I’d like you to take a look at the composition of this panel discussing race and tell me what all of them have in common: Hmmm. That sure is a diverse panel there, isn’t it? I am sure they can provide us with quite a bit of varied insight and experience when it comes to race relations and what it likes to be black in America. Few things are more offensive that white people explaining to black Americans how racism doesn’t exist anymore. I would have to think that African Americans hate hearing a white conservative whine about a black person ‘playing the race card.’ This is one of the biggest reasons why Republicans get less than 10% of the black vote in national elections, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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TPM: Poll: Republicans Admit Obamacare Might Not Be The End Of The World

As Obamacare’s first enrollment period ends and the law becomes a more established part of U.S. policy, the Republican base appears to be having an epiphany: Maybe it’s not the end of the world.

A new Gallup poll found that the number of self-identified GOPers who think the law won’t affect them spiked 20 percentage points from a month ago.

Back in late February and early March, 72 percent of Republicans said that Obamacare would make their lives and their family’s lives worse in the long run. But just a month later, that figure fell to 51 percent. The percentage who said that the law wouldn’t make much difference leapt from 23 percent to 43 percent over the same period.

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Trevor LaFauci: Texas-Sized Beat Down: How Eric Holder Put Rep. Louie Gohmert In His Place

On Tuesday, in a heated exchange on Capitol Hill, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder laid the smackdown on Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert for implying that Holder should be held in contempt for withholding documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. In the nearly three-and-a-half-hour-long session involving thirty-four members of Congress, it was the exchange with Gohmert which brought the day’s most dramatic fireworks. This was not the first time that tensions have risen between Holder and Gohmert. Last May at a hearing regarding the Boston Marathon bombing, Gohmert attacked Holder by claiming that the Justice Department had not done enough to prevent the Boston Marathon bombing. When Holder pushed back, Gohmert gave us the now-famous quote that “the Attorney General will not cast aspersions on my asparagus”

The Republican Party has been doing everything in their power since day one to try and manufacture some kind of Watergate-esque scandal that could bring down the Obama Administration. They are doing so because they know that with eight successful years of Democratic policies in place, the Republican Party will be unlikely to take back the White House any time soon. They have been digging and digging for some kind of scandal and at this point the hole is so big that there is no way to return to the surface, so they continue digging deeper no matter how foolish they appear. Here’s the current list of “impeachable” scandals that Republicans have tried to pin on the Obama Administration: Operation Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of Conservative groups, the NSA data collecting, the tracking of Associated Press reporters, Benghazi, etc., etc. None of these have panned out

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Jonathan Capehart: ‘Thank You, Kathleen, For Your Service’

Kathleen Sebelius is a rarity in Washington: a powerhouse with a down-to-earth sense of humor that made her as approachable as she was powerful. And after five tough years (and particularly the past six months) as secretary of health and human services, the former governor of Kansas is stepping down. The Rose Garden send-off today by President Obama and Vice President Biden and the standing ovations from her colleagues were appropriate for someone who met the ultimate goal. Yes, the Oct. 1 rollout of HealthCare.gov was an unmitigated disaster. But if you only focus on that, you’re missing a more complete picture of Sebelius’s tenure at HHS. Crisis greeted her when she walked through the door in April 2009. The H1N1 pandemic was surging across the globe, and vaccines for this new strain of swine flu didn’t exist. Sebelius shepherded the process of expediting production and distribution of a vaccine.

While that was happening, Sebelius was helping to design what would become known and derided as Obamacare. She was there for the lunacy of “death panels” and “You lie!” She was there when the ACA passed Congress without a single Republican vote and when it survived a constitutional challenge. She was there for countless congressional hearings on the health-care law, useless votes to repeal it, creepy Uncle Sam and other tactics meant to scare people from signing up for health care.“There are seven and a half million people across the country that have the security of health insurance, most of them for the very first time, and that’s because of the woman standing next to me here today,” the president said in a farewell ceremony as triumphant as the one held more than a week ago to announce the better-than-expected enrollment numbers. “And we are proud of her for that. That’s a historic accomplishment.”

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Zachary Roth: Democrats Finally Make Voting Rights A Top Priority

For years, voting-rights advocates have been quietly urging Democrats and the Obama administration to fully embrace the fight over access to the ballot as a defining civil-rights issue of our day. This was the week when it finally happened. The heightened rhetoric, which came from President Obama and other heavyweights in his party, is the latest sign that voting rights are likely to be a front-burner issue when Americans go to the polls this fall—at least if Democrats have their way. In a speech at the National Action Network convention in New York City Friday afternoon, Obama used his most forceful language yet on the subject to condemn Republican efforts to make voting harder. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” the president said. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”

Obama continually linked today’s battles to the historic movement for African-American voting rights half a century ago, invoking the three young civil-rights activists who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964 while registering voters. “Americans did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote, for themselves and for others, only to see it denied to their kids and their grandkids,” Obama said, drawing raucous cheers from the crowd. “We’ve got to pay attention to this.” Obama even took time to dissect the arguments of those who argue that voter ID laws are needed to stop fraud, citing a study showing a fraud rate of just 0.00002%. “So let’s be clear,” Obama said. “The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”

Obama’s rousing words come days after he called efforts to stop people voting “un-American” during a Houston fundraiser. And they follow on the heels of similar remarks this week from two of the other highest-profile Democrats in the country, Vice President Joe Biden and President Bill Clinton. In linking today’s voting restrictions to laws that kept blacks from the polls during segregation, Obama and his allies aren’t explicitly saying that the ongoing GOP push to make voting harder is a racially motivated effort that has roots in the Jim Crow era. But they’re certainly allowing that inference to be drawn. To voting rights advocates, the new level of engagement from top Democrats, especially Obama himself, is welcome indeed.

“Nothing is more important than the American people hearing the president of the United States bringing the full passion and power of his voice and his position to the issue of promoting voting rights and an open democracy for every citizen,” said Barbara Arnwine, the president of the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It’s not just talk, either. The Democratic National Committee recently launched the Voter Expansion Project, which aims to push back against restrictive voting laws by registering new voters and supporting laws that expand access to the ballot.

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Bloomberg: Ukraine Sees $7 Billion IMF Funding This Year

Ukraine will probably receive $7 billion in International Monetary Fund financing this year to support the state budget and central bank reserves, Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said. The east European nation is also seeking further funding from the Group of Seven countries, Shlapak said an interview in Washington yesterday. Of the group’s members, Canada has pledged $200 million and the U.S. has also responded, he said. The government predicts Ukraine’s economy will shrink 3 percent in 2014, the third recession since 2008, while reserves are at a nine-year low. The country sealed a preliminary accord with the IMF last month for as much as $18 billion in loans during two years, with the agreement unlocking $27 billion in international financing. Ukraine needs about $30 billion through 2015 to “balance the situation,” Shlapak said.

The currency will rebound after the IMF deal is completed, Shlapak said. Ukrainian officials will meet IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on April 14 and the government “hopes” the lender’s board will convene to approve the loan this month, he said. Ukraine wants to get the funds as soon as possible, he added. “While we announced the $27 billion, which is the financing need of the country for the next 24 months, we have also given a range for the financing that would come from the fund, and that range has been $14 to $18 billion,” IMF European Director Reza Moghadam said today in Washington. “Our exact financing will depend on how much comes from other bilateral and multilateral lenders.”

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Jonnelle Marte: Obamacare Making Insurance Cheaper – For Cars

Obamacare, the law that could save you 2% or more on car insurance. It isn’t exactly the main pitch behind the health-insurance law, but a study released Wednesday by the Rand Corporation finds that as more people gain health insurance, the costs of other types of insurance could go down. In particular, car insurance and other liability-insurance companies that typically spend tens of billions of dollars each year on health-care claims related to car accidents, workplace injuries and other scenarios could see their health costs decline and could pass those savings on to consumers in the form of lower premiums.

In the case of car-insurance companies, the study points out that some uninsured people, upon suffering through a car accident, may then seek treatment for conditions they have that are unrelated to the car accident. If those types of conditions were covered by health-insurance companies, it could shave up to 2% off of the average costs incurred by auto-insurance companies, the study found. “It’s extraneous stuff you might get the auto insurer to pay for,” says David Auerbach, the lead author of the report and a health policy researcher with Rand Corporation. “It’s hard to tell what was actually caused by the accident.”

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Tommy Christopher: Republicans, Racism, And Reasonable Suspicion

Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine has been making a spectacle of himself lately, most recently tying himself in knots trying to explain away his essay on race in the Obama Era. On Thursday night’s All In with Chris Hayes, his point seems to have evolved into a plea for fairness to Republicans, while conceding that everything about Republicanism is legitimately racist. He told Chris Hayes that “you can go to almost any issue and see a racial dynamic, and I really think you can, and you can legitimately,” but somehow, legitimately identifying those racial dynamics is somehow unfair, and contributes to a “poisonous dynamic.”

I don’t get it, and I don’t agree with either end of that hypothesis. There are many issues that either don’t have a racial dynamic, or have racial dynamics that intersect the partisan divide, and discussing those issues that do have a racial dynamic in racial terms isn’t just fair, it is essential. However, on Chait’s own terms, if every partisan issue can legitimately be viewed as racial, how could it possibly be unfair to discuss that?

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Jay Carney: President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2013 Tax Returns

Today, the President released his 2013 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $481,098. The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax. The President and First Lady also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.4 percent. The President pushed for and signed into law legislation that makes the system more fair and helps the middle class by extending tax cuts to middle class and working families and asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. In 2013, as a result of his policies, the President was subject to limitations in tax preferences, as well as additional Medicare and investment income taxes, for high income earners.

The President and First Lady also released their Illinois income tax return and reported paying $23,328 in state income tax. The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. The Bidens filed joint federal and combined Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident Virginia tax return. Together, they reported adjusted gross income of $407,009. The Bidens paid $96,378 in total federal tax for 2013, amounting to an effective tax rate of 23.7 percent. They also paid $14,644 in Delaware income tax and Dr. Biden paid $3,470 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, including contributing the royalties received from Dr. Biden’s children’s book, net of taxes, to the USO.

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Nancy LeTourneau: An Open Letter To My “Disappointed” Democratic Friends

Dear Disappointeds: Back in 2010 you told us that you were disappointed in the President you helped elect. And because of that, you weren’t motivated enough to vote in the midterms. While I don’t share your disappointment, I want to say that I hear you. Now we’re facing another midterm election and we have the benefit of hindsight to tell us what changed as a result of your lack of enthusiasm. Sure, you might have wanted single payer and a larger stimulus package.

But you have to admit that Obamacare is doing an awful lot of good. And perhaps you should read Michael Grunwald’s book The New New Deal to learn how the American Recovery Act was way more than many of us thought it was at the time. Its “gut check” time for all of us. I don’t know about you, but after these last four years I’m actually psyched to get back to Democrats arguing with other Democrats over HOW MUCH change we want to see rather than being pissed at Republicans all the time for their total obstruction. There’s a lot riding on this one. I hope we can all work together to make that happen.

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The Week: Obama Is On Track To Leave A Budget Surplus

Bill Clinton left the presidency with a budget surplus. And although the first five years of Barack Obama’s presidency have featured high (but falling) deficits, it’s starting to look like Obama could do the same. For the first time since the 1950s, federal spending is lower than it was four years ago: As Mike Darda argues: The fiscal deficit has been falling by an average of 1.5 percentage points per annum since peaking in late 2009.

If this trend continues, it would imply a balanced budget during 2015 and a fiscal surplus in 2016. [AEI] Obama leaving office with a balanced budget would come as a big shock to those who have compared the U.S. to crisis-stricken countries like Greece, or claimed that Obama is spending like a drunken sailor. But that is exactly what the U.S. is on trend to do.

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Alice C. Shephard: Balancing Act: In The Constant Juggle Of Managing Life At Home And Life At Work, Claire Shipman Realizes That Confidence Is Key

ABC News contributor Claire Shipman is gently trying to coax her eight-year-old daughter, Della Claire Carney, to appear in a Washingtonian MOM photo shoot, in which Della might have to wear pink and comb her tangled mane. Della is not easily swayed. She hates pink. Nor does she like to brush her hair. The daughter of Shipman and Jay Carney, President Obama’s press secretary, isn’t the kind of young girl interested in pleasing her Washington-power-couple parents, or any of the adults around her on the photo shoot for that matter. She is funny, sweet, and obviously smart, but she’s not going to budge for braids and patterned shirts.

To Shipman, 51, this is great, though it can be trying. She’d love it if every once in a while Della would run a comb through her locks. Shipman and Carney’s son, Hugo James Carney, on the other hand, spends a lot more time styling his red hair. “He’s 12 going on 16,” says Shipman. During the shoot, Hugo walked up to everyone on the production crew, held out his hand for a firm shake, and said, “Hello, I’m Hugo, nice to meet you”; to say he is a well-mannered tween is an understatement. Hugo and Della both attend Sidwell Friends School. The busy Carney-Shipman household also “parents” one-year-old Flash, a Portuguese water dog who is a cousin to the Obamas’ dog Sunny.


Shipman and her close friend Katty Kay, the Washington correspondent for BBC World News America, have just written a book on women and confidence called The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, released in April. Not surprisingly, Shipman has learned a lot about her own daughter through her research. “My daughter is a tomboy,” she says. “She’s strong-willed and doesn’t care about conventions. Our research helped me realize that this is not something I want to go away. If she has her own strong opinions and wears what she wants to wear, that’s great—even if I don’t like it.”

Carney, 48, says the book’s findings changed how they parent their daughter. “Raising Della, we are both now extremely mindful of how important confidence is for girls, and how different it can be in girls compared with boys,” he says. “We try to help Della build confidence by focusing on the effort she puts into things, rather than just praising the outcomes.” I Absolutely Won’t Let Kids . . . They can never treat people badly. Being rude or less than caring produces draconian consequences and much-dreaded family meetings.

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On This Day

President Obama cheers on a young child as she rolls her egg toward the finish line April 13, 2009, during the White House Easter Egg Roll (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden tour earthquake damage in Port Au-Prince, Haiti, along with Haitian President Rene Preval, and Elisabeth Delatour Preval, the First Lady of Haiti, April 13, 2010. The damaged presidential palace is seen in the background (Photo by Samantha Appleton


President Obama meets with Goldman Environmental Prize winners in the Oval Office, April 13, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, seated far left, meet with staff aboard Bright Star during a flight from New River Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, April 13, 2011. The trip was to launch Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Martha Stewart drop by Operation Shower, a celebration for pregnant women whose husbands are service members, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 13, 2011. The event was part of the launch of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and facility manager Judith Markelz, second left, greet volunteers preparing a meal at the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, April 13, 2011. The First Lady and Dr. Biden met with service members and their families during their visit to the facility, which helps care for family members of Wounded Warriors whose recovery is expected to last a long period of time (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Marines following her remarks to 3,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and military family members at Memorial Field House in Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. The event was part of the launch of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


President Obama talks with, from left: Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs; U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk; and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis aboard Air Force One while en route to Tampa, Fla., April 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Audience members embrace President Obama after he spoke at the Port of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., April 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends a Summit of the Americas Leaders’ Dinner at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena, Colombia, April 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


103 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Lovepolitics2008
    April 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Am I ? Am I ?

  2. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    April 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  3. April 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Oh crikey mikey Nerdy, what a completely brilliant and varied selection of news, you are a grade A goldy nuggetty gem, thank you sooooOOOOooOOOooooo much!!!!

  4. 15 GGail
    April 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    NW, great R&S – thanks!

  5. 17 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  6. 18 Ladyhawke
    April 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm


    Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist


    So as the congressman’s time to ask questions of the attorney general expired, Holder poked Gohmert in the eye with an asparagus spear, so to speak.



  7. 19 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Good afternoon, Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, and everyone. Congrats LP2008 on #1 🙂 Looking at those fabulous pics of FLOTUS and Dr. Jill working together over the years – when last did we have such a power President-Vice Presidential combo?

    The Bidens have been a tremendous asset to our President & FLOTUS without trying to overshadow or undermine them, and in so doing, a tremendous asset to this country. It takes a special kind of quality to accomplish this. The void will be instantly felt after Jan 2017, no doubt.

  8. 20 anniebella
    April 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I asked one right wing conservative when we were having a discussion , what does cutting early voting has to do with voter fraud. Of course I got no answer which made any sense

  9. April 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    • 22 Nerdy Wonka
      April 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Full episode.

      It is a shocking eye opener as to how climate change isn’t some abstract issue. It’s about people. It’s about families. It’s about people in developed nations suffering as a result of the carelessness of developed nations. It’s about developed nations not thinking about the consequences in its own backyard. It’s about communities. Mankind is actively playing a role destroying itself and it is mind boggling how Republicans continue to espouse the idea that climate change is a hoax.

      It would be fantastic if Showtime would find a way to publish the episodes for free online, because this is something that should be put to the public so that more people can see just what exactly climate change is.

      • 23 MightyPamela
        April 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        I found myself hoping the Katherine Heyho would bring up the biblical age of the earth being 6,000 years, all the while she is speaking of ‘a million years’ and ‘hundreds of thousands of years’. No one raised this issue, while claiming evangelical believers in the bible. Aso have to think if PBO would open Area 51, and release the classified data on extraterrestrial presence, we could pretty quickly find our way out of this eff’ing, soon to be irreversible mess we dwell in. (I include myself, as I do drive a car, not an electric one) 😦

  10. 24 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Forty years before the Roberts Supreme Court became a place where the Chamber of Commerce almost always wins, conservative donors made a significant, long-term investment in pushing the center of gravity in America’s legal culture toward the right.

    • 25 Nena20409
      April 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      It didn’t happen by accident.

      Since 1968, the left are always apologizing for ‘Nam, ERA, the riots, affirmative action, Roe V Wade, etc. Apologies are great if all who did wrong acknowledge the wrong. But the GOP and the Birche(sp) and Libertarians never say they were wrong. Hence, they keep taking.

      The reason they were mad that this POTUS said No to the Debt Ceiling Hostage taking last year.

      It is time that Dems use data and visual presentation to expose the harm done by the GOP over the years for the MSM will not ever do that. The Right media echo chamber has won and have made a mockery of the National Media.

      Candy Crowley was lying today by implying that AG Holder had called all GOP racists. This part of the media’s cuddling of the GOP talking points.

      • 26 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

        No, it didn’t happen by accident. We took our eye off the prize; while we were busy “celebrating” wins in individual battles, the rw was busy strategizing to win an all out war. If we don’t win in 2014, there is very little hope for democracy in our country.

  11. 27 Vicki
    April 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Hi everyone at TOD.
    Not for the first time today I wish we did a vote/poll thing.
    I’ve been thinking about Kathleen Sebelius’s exit and its timing.
    Repubs and the Media are using the exit to remind people how bad the rollout was. FOR SURE they would have done that no matter when Sebelius actually resigned—-December 2013, April 2014, or August, 2014.

    I think Now was the exactly right best time. Let the haters amp themselves up into a frenzy. The election is far away.
    Seven point one million enrollments have Paid. Another 1/2 million have signed-up.
    The Sebelius exit will do nothing to stop the ACA momentum and it will blow over soon.
    But maybe I am missing something, so

    Poll question is—-given that Sec. Sebelius was not going to serve for the full second term, what would have been the best timing for her to leave?
    1) Dec. 2013 when the website shortcomings became evident
    2) Right now—April 2014, when the fuss has a chance to subside
    3) August 2014 when 30 Million people signed up make the GOP noise irrelevant

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      April 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Right now – April 2014 because it is her decision and she can point to concrete success achieved under her tenure: 7.5M through Healthcare.gov and state exchanges (numbers expected to grow), 3M young adults who now have healthcare through their parents plans, 3M and growing, who now have insurance through Medicaid. Millions more children who now have CHIP because it was expanded under President Obama. Millions of seniors, women, men, children now having peace of mind and opportunity to pursue their dreams.

      It’s the right time for her because as more successes keep coming from ObamaCare, Republicans can’t point to her as the boogeyman and the nation will once again see that they have nothing concrete to offer the 30M+ people who ObamaCare will save and have saved.

    • 32 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      I agree with Nerdy for all the reasons stated. #2 was the best time.

      • 33 Vicki
        April 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

        So Nerdy, vc, hf and vicki all agree that now was exactly the right time for Sec. S. to make her move. Thank you all for responding.

        I check DK headlines most days but never registered because I am put off by most of what goes on there.
        However, when they have a poll—you don’t have to be a member to vote in the polls—I vote on something if I have an opinion on the matter.
        Lurkers at TOD if we had a poll could register their opinions without being registered.

  12. 34 CEB
    April 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    The GOP just cannot get over that there are two black men in the highest offices in this country who are not afraid of them, who cannot be bought, and who are not trifling. PBO and AG Holder have destroyed their ideas about who most Black men are and they are reeling.

    • 35 vcprezofan2
      April 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      ‘men in the highest offices in this country who are not afraid of them, who cannot be bought, and who are not trifling’
      😊 😊

      You know, I don’t think anyone can convince me that this is not ‘divine’ placement. 😂😂 Every time I look at that picture of the two of them sitting side by side (and see the similarities of focus) my insides smile broadly. I do so want to believe that they sustain each other. 😊 😊

  13. 36 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  14. 37 Nena20409
    April 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    So listening to Candy C…….her questions……implies that part racism is then Okay?

  15. 38 Nena20409
    April 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD.

    I made the mistake of tuning in to Candy Crowley for 5 mins and to This Week for less than 30 seconds. My blood has been boiling ever since.

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      April 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      /smh/ I don’t understand why some of us here treat our blood pressure so cavalierly! 😉 😉 Me, I love me too much to subject me to Crowley and the like for even a minute; just a sight of her, Andrea Mitchell, Johnnie McC, and a few others is enough to start my stomach turning. Ugh!

      • 40 donna dem 4 obama
        April 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm


        • 41 vcprezofan2
          April 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

          A very ‘Good Afternoon’ to you, GrandmaDD! I haven’t run across you in a while. Did you remember to say a prayer for me this morning? 😉 And BTW, when are you taking the girls on their first world tour? You do realize, you ought to start with your closest neighbour, just like the president did, right?

          • 42 donna dem 4 obama
            April 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

            I’ve been lurking when I have time…I have a LARGE family and these events in our family are epic. Family flew in from CA and NY so I’ve been pretty busy with them and work but I’m never very far away. It’s too cold up north. When we take our world tour you’re gonna have to meet us in the Bahamas for our first stop 🙂

            • 43 vcprezofan2
              April 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

              The family gatherings sound like fun! Good for you all!

              Sigh! I do not understand why SOME of you Americans are so afraid of a little cold. 😉 😉 IMO cold is necessary so that you can better appreciate the warmth. How are the girls to have a complete experience/education if they are not introduced to the entire weather spectrum?
              Did I convince you? 🙂 In any case, we do have periods of warmth – it’s all in the timing. 😀

      • 46 Nena20409
        April 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        I had to cool off and Blame myself for venturing to the Insane Sunday Talk.

        As the song says: It’s a bad Habit baby………I intend to break.

        • 47 vcprezofan2
          April 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

          ‘ It’s a bad Habit baby………I intend to break.’

          Yea! Good 4 U, Nena! They sour the spirit, and IMO we cannot let them.

      • 48 jackiegrumbacher
        April 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        I agree with you VC. The older I get the more I have to be concerned with health issues and negative emotional stress, all of which is triggered and exacerbated by tv pundits. You can pretty much guess ahead of time what white, wealthy, arrogant pundits are going to say about race and you take it to the bank they will never fail to be obtuse knuckleheads.

        • 49 vcprezofan2
          April 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

          Hi-ya, JackieG! Each time I come down this thread I get to peek at the cute grandbabes. How’s your grandbabe doing?

  16. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    April 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

  17. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    April 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Men and their tiny, tiny, tiny penises who then overcompensate by buying expensive cars and thinking women will automatically bow before them. Delusion is a hell of a drug.

  18. 52 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I really, really like SP’s conclusion to her open letter to Democratic friends that Nerdy shared above.

    ‘Its “gut check” time for all of us. I don’t know about you, but after these last four years I’m actually psyched to get back to Democrats arguing with other Democrats over HOW MUCH change we want to see rather than being pissed at Republicans all the time for their total obstruction. There’s a lot riding on this one. I hope we can all work together to make that happen.’

  19. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    April 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Exhibit Number One Million in why it’s not funny to use muslims as your “joke” for terrorism and why it’s not funny to post terroristic threats and them claim you were joking.

    What part of blowing up a plane, terrorism, and death is funny?

  20. 54 donna dem 4 obama
    April 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Good Morning TOD

    Big Day today for the GrandBabies

  21. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    April 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  22. April 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    “The Russian propaganda against NATO and the West is nothing but smokescreen to cover up its own illegal actions. Dispel the smokescreen, and the truth on the ground is clear: Russia has annexed Crimea at the barrel of a gun, in breach of all its international commitments..

    Russia is now isolated in the world, its international credibility in tatters. This is not in Russia’s interest.

    Russia faces a choice: to stop blaming others for its own actions, pull back its troops, step back into line with its international obligations and start rebuilding trust.

    Otherwise, Russia will only face deeper international isolation. That is in nobody’s interest, and will make our world only more dangerous and unpredictable.

    I call on Russia to de-escalate. There are concrete steps to be taken.”

    Full text: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/opinions_109102.htm?selectedLocale=en

    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Bob, this is a very clear, cogent statement by Rasmussen. I like the way he minces no words and lays it right on the line about Russian propaganda and escalation. If the Russians thought the west would roll over as moved in to take over eastern Ukraine, they may have to think again.

  23. April 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    ““The Security Council has made a decision to begin a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with participation of army forces,” he said. “We’re not going to allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in Ukraine’s east.”

    Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city Sunday morning, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded. It was the first reported gunbattle in eastern Ukraine, where armed pro-Russia men have seized a number of government buildings in recent days.

    Turchynov said a Security Service captain was killed and two colonels wounded in a gunbattle outside Slovyansk, where the police station and the Security Service office were seized a day earlier.”

    Ukraine readies full military operation against pro-Russian rebels — http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ukraine-tries-to-clear-pro-russian-rebels-reports-dead-on-both-sides/article17949905/

    • 74 Lovepolitics2008
      April 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Scary. I pray that ordinary Ukrainians, even many of people of russian ethnicity, will push back against Putin’s shenanigans.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Meta, I loved this article and reading about all the excitement in the audience and the cast. Thank you for linking it.

  24. April 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Senate bill allows released criminals to vote

    Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a bill Thursday that would give criminals the right to vote after they are released from prison. S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act,
    would restore voting rights to the nearly 3 million people who cannot
    vote even after they’re released from prison because they have been convicted of a felony.[….]

    Some states have already restored these voting rights. But 35 states don’t let convicts vote while on parole, and 11 states have a lifetime ban on voting.[….] Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has a companion measure in the House.


    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      April 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      This is a common sense law that should be been passed years ago. It’s absurd to have people forever lose their rights just because they made a mistake and did time in prison. They are still people with opinions and rights and deserve the opportunity to vote just like any other citizen. Shame on those states who assume they can impose continual punishment and define any group of people as less than full citizens.

  25. April 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    We need to push back on this foolishness from Sharyl Attkisson.

    • 81 Nena20409
      April 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Mediaite has her diatribe there as well.

      She was on Fox per Mediaite. She is walking about Looking for a Fox Gig.

  26. April 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    This is the kind of thing that makes me furious when the RWNJs disrespect first responders.

  27. April 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    quite poetic 😉

  28. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    April 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    • 85 desertflower
      April 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Seriously, the comments there range from sad to repulsive. Honestly, the fact that people that would say stuff like that are walking around….we have issues. Lots and Lots of issues.

      • 86 Nena20409
        April 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        Hate is never rational.

        Applying the Golden Rule is the best way not to stagnate from bitterness and stress related illnesses.

      • 87 TrumpDog
        April 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

        That’s why it’s important for us to respond with positive replies. Drown out the hate.

  29. April 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    So, now Russia wants a UN Security Council meeting and is threatening not to participate in the four party meeting with Ukraine, EU & US because of Ukraine’s efforts to halt Russia’s incursions into Eastern Ukraine. We are going to need to see much harsher sanctions and other actions though, at this point, it seems inevitable that a lot of people are going to die before Putin is stopped.

  30. 95 Nena20409
    April 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm


    Two shootings were reported at Jewish sites in Kansas City Sunday afternoon, leaving at least one person dead, according to authorities.

    Shots were reported fired at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City at about 1 p.m., followed by a report of shots at Village Shalom, an assisted living center nearby. Village Shalom has been placed on lockdown.

  31. 97 desertflower
    April 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm


    The Nevada Standoff Has Nothing To Do With “Tyranny,” “Sovereignty,” “Freedom,” or Cows.

    It’s about money for two Billionaires with whom we’re all familiar.

    Two affiliates of the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity are helping conservative media promote the cause of a Nevada rancher who has made violent threats against the federal government.

    Legal scholars have largely concluded that these laws are unconstitutional. But with a fanatical, Federalist-society indoctrinated Supreme Court Majority bending over backwards to accommodate corporate interests in every conceivable manner, the Constitution has proved to be a flimsy protection against virulent greed. By milking and stoking the controversy, the Kochs seek to galvanize public opinion against the federal government, delegitimize the Bureau of Land Management that oversees public lands, and thereby impugn its stewardship of lands that Koch-run industries want to get their hands on. These include lands in Nevada, Utah and pretty much anywhere else they can dig, frack or mine. This isn’t about some silly rancher’s “grazing fees,” to the Kochs and their business pals. It’s about their desire to exploit, despoil and pollute lands that we, the public, own by virtue of our citizenship. That’s not “freedom.” It’s greed.

  32. 99 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  33. April 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  34. April 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I thought Dudette might not have seen this, (but she probably has…)

    This is Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station

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