Rise and Shine

President Obama shakes hands with a young girl after arriving at Miami International Airport in Miami, Fla., April 29, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



President Obama is returning from his Asian trip, he is scheduled to arrive at the White House at 6:0 PM EDT

2:30 EDT: Vice President Biden Speaks at an Event Releasing the First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault




Sara Kliff: Republican Replacement For Obamacare Is Fauxobamacare

Scott Brown, who’s now running for Senate in New Hampshire, has found the perfect position on Obamacare. He’s for it. He’s just not for calling it Obamacare. In an interview with WBUR, he called Obamacare a “disaster.” Then he was asked what he’s for  — and he went on to describe Obamacare. “I’ve always felt that people should either get some type of health care options, or pay for it with a nice competitive fee,” he said. “That’s all great. I believe it in my heart. In terms of preexisting conditions, catastrophic coverages, covering kids, whatever we want to do.”

He even said it could “include the Medicaid expansion [for] folks who need that care and coverage.” Oh, he also promises his plan won’t raise taxes, cut spending on Medicare, or make people drive very far to go to the hospital. So his plan will have more generous insurance options and no way to pay for them. In other words, his plan will be like Obamacare, but even better! Call it Fauxbamacare.

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Brian Beutler: Buzzfeed Chronicles Paul Ryan’s Metamorphosis, Ignores His Frightening Budget

If I had to draw one conclusion from McKay Coppins’ latest Paul Ryan bildungsroman in Buzzfeed, it would be that Ryan wants public documentation of his metamorphosis from tough-love austerian into a tribune for the poor. But that he doesn’t want it captured in the context of everything else he’s done for his entire career.

…. House Republicans passed his budget on April 10. It proposes monumental cuts to social programs for the poor.

But most of that context is invisible in the profile, as is any indication that Ryan’s actually changed his thinking about how to reduce poverty. And it’s thus silent on the basic question of whether Ryan’s serious at all, or playing us for fools.

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Amy Worden: Pa. Judge Won’t Reconsider Voter ID Ruling

A Commonwealth Court judge on Monday denied the Corbett administration’s request to reconsider his ruling overturning the state’s two-year-old voter identification law. In a 29-page decision, Judge Bernard L. McGinley said the law requiring Pennsylvania voters to produce photo ID at the polls failed “to provide liberal access to compliant photo ID” and, as a result, disenfranchised voters. “The evidence showed the voter ID provisions at issue deprive numerous electors of their fundamental right to vote, so vital to our democracy,” wrote McGinley, who struck down the law in January. The Corbett administration has 30 days to file an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Joshua Maus, spokesman for the Office of General Counsel, said the office was reviewing the ruling. Lawyers representing plaintiffs in the case praised the ruling. “The court confirmed that the photo ID law is unnecessary and disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of people,” said Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. “We call on the governor, the attorney general, and the secretary of state to stop spending our precious state dollars on defending this law, so dangerous to our democratic system.”

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Steve Benen: Poverty, Policy, And Paul Ryan

If it seems every few months brings us another installment in the “Paul Ryan cares about poor people” series, it’s not your imagination. In November, the Washington Post helped get the ball rolling with a front-page article on the House Budget Committee chairman, celebrating the congressman for his efforts “fighting poverty and winning minds.”

The gist of the piece was that the far-right congressman is entirely sincere about using conservative ideas to combat poverty.

In December, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins ran a related piece, and today Coppins published another: Ryan is “trying to challenge the notion that his party is out of touch with poor people the old-fashioned way: by talking to some.”

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Mark Berman: Why The World Finally Noticed Donald Sterling’s Appalling History

The Donald Sterling who is dominating headlines and drawing widespread condemnation for allegedly saying a metric ton of racist things is the same Donald Sterling who has a long, long, long history of being accused of saying or doing offensive things. So why is this time — and why are these particular remarks — different? Why has the world suddenly discovered Donald Sterling?
Consider that Bomani Jones wrote a story headlined “Sterling’s racism should be news” in 2006. Again: 2006. Eight years and 351 losses by the Clippers ago. Jones wrote this after Sterling was sued for housing discrimination. In the lawsuit, Sterling was accused of refusing to rent apartments to black people.

Yet, it took an audio recording allegedly capturing Sterling saying astonishingly bigoted things for the world to finally notice. This incident is clearly different, owing to a combination of what he said, the fact that people can hear it for themselves and the era in which he said it. In the past, Sterling’s comments were delivered through testimonies and depositions. Offensive statements made during a deposition and reprinted later can spark an outcry, as Paula Deen can attest to, but the Deen episode occurred with someone who was much more famous than Sterling. This episode with the audio recording combines offensive comments with an easy way for people to hear a real human being say these things.

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Ishaan Tharoor: U.S.-Philippines Security Deal Shows That America Still Has Its Fans

The new 10-year defense agreement is perhaps the most significant achievement of Obama’s four-country tour of Asia, where the Philippines was the final destination. U.S. troops now have expanded access to Philippine facilities and will participate in an increased number of joint military exercises with the archipelago nation. There’s no plan at present for a permanent American troop presence nor a clear indication that the U.S. would come to the Philippines’ defense in the face of an external threat. But the pact represents something an about-face for Manila: more than two decades ago, the last U.S. naval base in the country at Subic Bay — a legacy of nearly half a century of American colonial rule — was shut down. (At the time, Aquino’s mother, Corazon, was the country’s President.)

Manila’s alliance with Washington has strengthened under Aquino.Aquino’s stance perceptibly hardened and he has become perhaps the most forthright statesman in Southeast Asia when it comes to confronting perceived Chinese aggression. Obama, meanwhile, reiterated that the new defense deal with the Philippines was not about containing China. But it’s hard not to view it in the context of a larger geopolitical chess match in the Pacific. The U.S. now has greater operational flexibility when contemplating maneuvers and actions in the South China Sea.

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Jennifer Steinhauer: White House To Press Colleges To Do More To Combat Rape

Reacting to a series of highly publicized rapes on college campuses, the White House on Monday released guidelines that increase the pressure on universities to more aggressively combat sexual assaults on campus. The recommendations urge colleges, among other measures, to conduct anonymous surveys about sexual assault cases, adopt anti-assault policies that have been considered successful at other universities and to better ensure that the reports of such crimes remain confidential. The guidelines are contained in a report by a White House task force that President Obama formed early this year, and

the administration is likely to ask Congress to pass measures that would enforce the recommendations and levy penalties for failing to do so. The government will also open a website, NotAlone.gov, to track enforcement and provide victims with information. “Colleges and universities need to face the facts about sexual assault,” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said. “No more turning a blind eye or pretending it doesn’t exist. We need to give victims the support they need, like a confidential place to go, and we need to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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Washington Post: Mr. Boehner Comes Clean On Immigration Reform

IN WASHINGTON, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) peddles one line on immigration reform that is transparently false. In his district in Ohio, he becomes a truth-teller. For months, Mr. Boehner has tried to justify the intransigence of his fellow House Republicans, who have refused to consider a Senate measure to overhaul the broken immigration system. His stated reason was that they could not trust President Obama to enforce any law passed by Congress. But on Thursday, at a meeting at a rotary club lunch in southwestern Ohio, an area Mr. Boehner has represented for more than two decades, he gave it to ’em straight. Asked about immigration reform, the speaker squarely blamed his GOP caucus, with more than a hint of derision.

“Here’s the attitude,” he said, scrunching up his face and delivering the real Republican excuse in a toddler’s whine: “ ‘Ohhhh, don’t make me do this! Ohhhh, this is too hard!’ ” The trouble is that this bracing shot of honesty from Mr. Boehner probably will not fix the underlying problem, which is a Republican Party that cannot see a future for itself, or for the nation, beyond its own predominantly white, aging electorate. House Republicans, rooted in parts of the country demographically distinct from an increasingly diverse nation, are loath to embrace the nation’s Hispanics in part because relatively few of them live or vote in their districts. As they cling to an older America, a new America is rising fast.

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LA Times: White House Will Announce New Measures To Combat Sexual Assault On Campus

The White House will announce new measures Tuesday to deal with campus sexual assault, an issue that in recent years has inflamed college campuses from Yale to UC Berkeley. The recommendations from a task force of federal officials headed by Vice President Joe Biden include publicizing enforcement data, issuing guidelines about confidentiality, and requiring colleges and universities to survey students on their experiences with sexual assault. Colleges and universities will be asked to survey students next year to determine the prevalence of sexual assault on campus and may be required to conduct such a survey in 2016. A website, NotAlone.gov, will be unveiled to make each school’s enforcement data public, and to publish information about student rights and resources.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will release recommendations on how to prevent sexual violence, particularly on how to get bystanders to step in when students are at risk of assault. The federal government will also address the touchy issue of confidentiality. Often victims ask that their names not be revealed to their attackers or the police, putting campus authorities in a bind in conducting investigations. The government will clarify that students can talk to certain guidance counselors in confidence and will issue guidelines on how to deal with confidentiality in resolving reports of violence. Schools will be asked to improve their investigative and adjudicative procedures under guidance from the Justice Department. New guidance will be issued making clear that questions about a victim’s sexual history should not be permitted during school hearings and that a previous sexual relationship does not imply consent.

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Ben Armbruster: Like Kerry, Seniors Israeli Officials Have Warned Of Israel Becoming ‘An Apartheid State’

he Daily Beast reported on Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” should the Israelis and Palestinians fail to reach a two-state solution to their decades old conflict, a warning that many top Israeli officials themselves have issued. “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state,” Kerry reportedly said in a private meeting with world leaders. “Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, said they remain deeply committed to.”

 A number of very senior Israeli officials have also warned that Israel risks becoming an apartheid-like state absent a two-state solution: 2007 — then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished.” 2010 — then-Israeli Defense Minister and Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak: “The simple truth is, if there is one state” including Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, “it will have to be either binational or undemocratic. … if this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”

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Zack Ford: United Church Of Christ Sues North Carolina For Right To Marry Same-Sex Couples

The United Church of Christ (UCC), joined by a group of LGBT-friendly clergy and same-sex couples, has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s laws and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Not only does the ban inhibit same-sex couples’ equal protection under the law, the complaint argues, but it also violates the religious liberty of these religious leaders.

That is because North Carolina has a separate law that prohibits ministers from solemnizing a marriage without a license for that marriage. If charged, a minister would be found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and charged a fee of $200. Thus, a religious organization like the UCC, which celebrates same-sex marriages, can not even honor that religious ceremony without violating the law. The complaint explains how this hurts both the UCC, as well as the other clergy and couples party to the suit

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Kyle Roerink: Las Vegas Helping Lead Charge In Fight To Reform Minimum Wage

Dalven McClain, a 19-year-old fast-food worker, wants to make more money. McClain works at a Las Vegas McDonald’s to save up for classes at UNLV. He earns $8.79 an hour, 54 cents more than the state minimum wage and $1.54 more than the federal minimum. But he says it’s still not enough. He’s stuck living with his parents and hasn’t been able to afford college. McClain has helped make Las Vegas a hotbed in the national campaign to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The battle pits retail and restaurant workers against the businesses that employ them, and congressional Democrats against Republicans.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced the Minimum Wage Fairness Act in November. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the bill would hit the chamber’s floor for a vote this week. The bill is part of the Democrats’ 2014 midterm election campaign that also includes immigration reform and pay equity between men and women. While workers rallied for bigger paychecks, partisan politics has so far stalled the bill in Washington. President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders say the bill would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty, citing a February report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. To become law, the bill will have to pass the Republican-controlled House, where both mainstream conservatives and Tea Party backers assail the legislation.

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On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama volunteers for Feeding America with congressional spouses at the Capitol City Food Bank in northeast Washington, D.C., April 29, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama with senior advisors in the Blue Room after a prime time press conference which was held in the East Room of the White House, April 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama walks down the Cross Hall towards the East Room of the White House prior to a prime time press conference, April 29, 2009 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama approaches the podium prior to a prime time press conference in the East Room of the White House, April 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks during a prime time news conference in the East Room of the White House, April 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama participates in a ceremony to recognize the National Teachers of the Year in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 29, 2010

President Obama hugs National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa

First Lady Michelle Obama paints a butterfly at a Congressional Club spouses service event at the Marie Reed Learning Center in the Adams Morgan community of northwest Washington on April 29, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama gestures to Bo, the Obama family dog, on the South Lawn of the White House, April 29, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Biden bow their heads during the funeral for Dorothy Height at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama returns to his seat after delivering the eulogy at the funeral for Dorothy Height at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks with participants from the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, an iconic campaign in civil rights and labor rights history, during a meeting in the Map Room of the White House, April 29, 2011 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama comfort people at Holt Elementary School in Holt, Ala., April 29, 2011. The President and First Lady traveled to Alabama to visit storm damaged neighborhoods and meet with families affected by deadly tornados (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama inspect tornado damage with residents of the Alberta neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Ala., April 29, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia, left, Sasha, and Astronaut Janet Kavandi walk under the landing gear from beneath the nose of space shuttle Atlantis as they visit Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 29, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with STS-134 space shuttle Endeavor commander Mark Kelly, right, and shuttle astronauts, from left, Andrew Feustel, European Space Agency’s Roberto Vittori, Michael Fincke, Gregory H. Johnson, and Greg Chamitoff

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson, stand on the viewing platform where they would have watched the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., April 29, 2011. The launch was delayed due to an electrical heating problem (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton before an event in McLean, Va., Sunday, April 29, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx delivers remarks after President Obama announced him to be his nominee as the next Transportation Secretary, during a ceremony at the White House on April 29, 2013

President Obama greets Jack Hoffman, 7, of Atkinson, Neb., in the Oval Office, April 29, 2013. Hoffman, who is battling pediatric brain cancer, gained national attention after he ran for a 69-yard touchdown during a Nebraska Cornhuskers spring football game. Hoffman holds a football that the President signed for him (Photo by Pete Souza)


105 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. April 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Nerdy, you’re a legendary legend – another outstanding jam-packed R&S, thank you sooOOOooOOooo much!

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    April 29, 2014 at 11:45 am

  3. 5 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Thanks NW – Another Fantabulous R & S

  4. 9 Nena20409
    April 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    GM 24, 948, 370 TOD Enthusiasts.

    Great R&S NW.

    Thank goodness, POTUS is now Closer Home. AK.

    Au for Chips…… 🙂 deservedly. Congrats.

    Snow Showers in my area 😦 And They tell me it is Spring, right?

  5. 10 amk for obama
    April 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    danny bt should learn from bo flotus.

  6. 14 yardarm756
    April 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Good morning, I think.

  7. 17 Dakota
    April 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Peace and Blessings to you all and special thoughts to all affected by the tornadoes. We’ve had winds here up to 65 miles an hour yesterday so even though I can’t imagine what you’re going through, I truly empathize.

    So yesterday our next door neighbor pulls hubby aside. He’s a white guy in his 40’s. He’s a great neighbor, but we call him “The Curmudgeon.”

    Example: “Hi Marc. How’s it going?”

    “Aw man, my bicycle has a flat and I took to my friend to fix, but he wasn’t home and the traffic light by his house wasn’t working and I almost ran out of gas coming home,…you get the picture.

    Anyway, yesterday he is highly agitated about Donald Sterling, tells hubby that he used to work for him and it was a nightmare. He called him every expletive that you can think of saying he is the worst piece of vermin that was ever put on this earth. Apparently Sterling owns restaurants in L.A. and our neighbor worked at one of them. He says Sterling treat everyone like crap. He says in L.A., the only thing worse than insulting Magic Johnson probably is insulting Muhammad Ali.

    Oh and as for Mark Cuban, if the NBA could ban owners for being assholes, he would have been history a long time ago.

    • 18 TrumpDog
      April 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      You know what pisses me off too? That NAACP was going to honor this asshole with a Lifetime Achievement award. I just can’t wrap my head around that. And people (particularly right wingers) are using that as a way to diminish the entire organization.
      I am mad, angry and disappointed with them. UGH

      • 19 Dakota
        April 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

        Yes, his history is NOT a secret in L.A. and to make matters even worse, they gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2007 or 2009! Why would they give him another under any circumstances? My sister had some dealing with the LA/Hollywood branch of the NAACP. She could tell you stories. This branch is full of pretentiousness. As a member of the NAACP, believe me, we are pressuring National to sanction them. Their actions are appalling and you’re right, it makes the entire organization look foolish and hypocritical.

    • 20 anniebella
      April 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I agree with you about Mark Cuban. In my opinion this whole matter with Donald Sterling is the owners fault. They had to know what kind of person Sterling were, is. But yet they did nothing.

      • 21 Dakota
        April 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

        You’re right, they looked the other way and now they have no choice but to address it. The good news is that for those who didn’t believe it or didn’t believe how bad it really is, it shines a glaring spotlight on how ingrained racism, institutional and otherwise is in this country. And we have laws that support it.

  8. 22 JER
    April 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    • April 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      And if I gather correctly, this happened in a town where guns are mandatory.

    • 25 Linda
      April 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      The shooter was another young white male…only 19 years old.

      • 26 57andfemale
        April 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm

        The toxic mix of fear and guns. And the fact that – according to the NRA loons and what we’re obviously teaching our children – any slight demands life-threatening action. We no longer teach conflict resolution, respect for other beliefs, a sense of community. Everything from being tailgated on the highway to using a cell phone to loud music has only one solution: shoot somebody.

        It’s horrific.

      • 27 anniebella
        April 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        Linda, What the hell is wrong with white folks?

  9. 29 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  10. April 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Morning everyone. Allow me to wake up as I inject caffeine into my veins.

  11. 31 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Donna Dem, the pic paired so well with your tweet, hope you don’t mind my MT:

  12. 32 anniebella
    April 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Love that picture were Sasha is acting like Daddy’s little girl.

  13. April 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

  14. April 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Dakota, I totally agree with you. Have any of you seen Mark Cuban on the Bill Maher show? What a blowhard! I’m looking forward to the televised announcement at 11am PT regarding Sterling.

    And Chips, that first picture with PBO shaking the little girl’s hand is a classic. The look on her face is priceless. Hope everyone is out of harm’s way with the tornados. We have our earthquakes – it’s always something no matter where you live. Take care!

    • 35 Dakota
      April 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Jennifer. I don’t watch Bill Maher, but I have seen Cuban in action. We get the Denver Nuggets games here and I believe it was year before last, Cuban yelled at the mother of Denver Nuggets player Kenyon Martin that she raised a thug. Too much of a coward to say that to Kenyon’s face. He’s a horrible jerk and has got some serious Karma coming his way.

      That is a very sweet picture, isn’t it? I love almost all the photos of the President with children. My favorite is one where he picks up and hugs a little boy and the boy lays his head on the President’s shoulder. I could weep thinking about it!

  15. 36 amk for obama
    April 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    The first pic is my fav Obama with kids pic.

  16. 37 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Good morning (afternoon), TOD. Nerdy, as always, an OUTSTANDING R&S!

    Was supposed to attend a funeral this morning, but I just couldn’t get up and going. After two funerals this weekend, I’m drained…

  17. 39 MightyPamela
    April 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Belated good morning everyone: Light above and below the wings which bear our President home. Have a wonderful day!

  18. 40 amk for obama
    April 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  19. 41 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    MSNBC was on in the background; Mrs. Greenspan caught my ear; *Click*

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  21. April 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  22. 52 57andfemale
    April 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Charlie Pierce’s latest take on Ralph Nader:

    “The best thing that ever happened to the careers of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, and the worst thing that ever happened to the Voting Rights Act, campaign-finance regulation, minority students in Michigan, the people of Iraq, the people of New Orleans, and the people of the United States generally, is back with another demonstration of his undeniable genius, and another invitation to the nation to join him on another unicorn hunt.”


  23. 53 JER
    April 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Court’s 6-2 Ruling Is Victory for Obama Administration; 28 States Will Have to Reduce Power-Plant Emissions

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      April 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Gee, guess the power plant owners p-o’d the RWNJ SCOTUS members.

    • 57 Nena20409
      April 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      The KOCHroaches that sponsor events attended in the past by some of the SCOTUS must Never have included instructions on Coal? Yep.

      Oil and oil related products, busting Unions, No voting and Civil Rights are more what the KOCHroaches insist their stools rule on? Yep.

  24. 58 amk for obama
    April 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    gunnite folks.

  25. 60 JER
    April 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  26. April 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    The international community mobilises to recover stolen assets for the people of Ukraine

    ““Building on our expertise in the field of asset recovery, it will also provide practical leadership and assistance to the Ukrainian government as they identify and recover assets looted under the Yanukovych regime and introduce political and economic reform.

    “The message is clear – we are making it harder than ever for corrupt regimes or individuals around the world to move, hide and profit from the proceeds of their crime.”

    Attorney General Eric Holder of the United States, which is jointly organizing UFAR, emphasized the importance of asset recovery in bringing justice and in mobilizing against corruption:

    “This community of nations stands united in our determination to support Ukrainian leaders and citizens as they combat corruption and strive to ensure the stability, the independence, and the national sovereignty of a strong and free Ukraine. We know that the costs of corruption can be immense and long-lasting. That is why, within days of the fall of President Yanukovych’s regime, the U.S. Department of Justice had a response team on the ground in Kyiv to assess the needs of Ukraine’s investigation into any stolen assets belonging to its people; to provide assistance with document review and preservation; and to help initiate and coordinate any and all efforts required by further investigations. The United States will never stop fighting alongside Ukraine and its partners to ensure accountability, to strengthen transnational cooperation, and to meet instability with resolve – and robust diplomacy.””


  27. 62 Linda
    April 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Iowa Senate Candidates: Federal Judges Must Follow Biblical Law

    Three out of four Iowa Republican candidates for U.S. Senate said Friday they would block any federal judge appointee who did not have a “biblical view of justice” or follow “natural law” as handed down from God.


    Sounds like they are for Sharia Law…..

  28. 64 Linda
    April 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aides say senators have dropped a demand that the U.S. publicly declare how many civilians it kills in drone strikes.

    The provision was in Congress’ main intelligence bill for 2014, which hasn’t yet been adopted. It would have directed President Barack Obama’s administration to give combatant and noncombatant death tallies from drones for the year.

    Aides say the requirement was dropped after the administration objected.

    U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee this month warning against disclosing sources and classified information. He said the administration was exploring ways to provide greater information.

  29. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    April 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

  30. 66 Vicki
    April 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Coming at 2:00 eastern time—-Adam Silver and the NBA Press Conference

  31. 67 Linda
    April 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has a new job as a visiting professor at Liberty University.

    School spokesman Johnnie Moore said Monday that so far McDonnell has given lectures on constitutional law and state government.

    In a statement, McDonnell said he felt privileged to be teaching at the school, which is based in Lynchburg, Va.

    Liberty University was founded by the late Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell and is a frequent stop for politicians looking to gain the support of young evangelical voters. The school did not disclose how much McDonnell is paid in his new position

  32. 68 JER
    April 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    LIVE NOW: Sec. of State John Kerry Remarks – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. April 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    “Carefully coordinated, entirely spontaneous bursts of outrage ensued, not only from Republicans and Israelis, but also from Democrats. “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous,” tweeted Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California. I will dissent from Boxer’s critique, both because I believe that Kerry is a pro-Israel secretary of state who worries about the Jewish state’s future, and because I myself have used the word “apartheid” not only to describe a possible terrible future for Israel, but also as a way of depicting some current and most unfortunate facts on the ground……..

    Jeffery Goldberg, quoting his own column from 2004:

    A de-facto apartheid already exists in the West Bank. Inside the borders of Israel proper, Arabs and Jews are judged by the same set of laws in the same courtrooms; across the Green Line, Jews live under Israeli civil law as well, but their Arab neighbors — people who live, in some cases, just yards away — fall under a different, and substantially undemocratic, set of laws, administered by the Israeli Army. The system is neither as elaborate nor as pervasive as South African apartheid, and it is, officially, temporary. It is nevertheless a form of apartheid, because two different ethnic groups living in the same territory are judged by two separate sets of laws.

    I suppose this passage makes me an enemy of Israel, in the same way Kerry is an enemy of Israel, and in the same way that the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (who is also Israel’s most decorated soldier) is an enemy of Israel, because Barak has also warned about the dangers of the status quo: “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River there is only one political entity called Israel,” he said in 2010, “it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”………

    ……The problem is not inside Israel; the problem is on the West Bank. The settlers who entangle Israel in the lives of Palestinians believe that they are the vanguard of Zionism. In fact, they are the vanguard of binationalism. Their myopia will lead to the end of Israel as a democracy and as a haven for the Jewish people. The regime they help impose on Palestinians is cruel, unfair and unnecessary. Rather than label this regime in an incendiary fashion, I now prefer simply to describe its disagreeable qualities.

    But if Kerry, following Barak’s lead, wants to warn about a possible apartheid future for Israel, I’m not going to condemn him as anti-Israel. Israeli leaders must open their minds to the possibility that he has their long-term interests at heart.”

    • April 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      imo, the time for ‘two states’ may well have passed. Shift the focus to a parity of human rights for Palestinians and Israelis. By placing a focus on human rights rather than land might enable two states to emerge, but the dynamics of the process would be radically different than they have been the past 47 years. The dynamics would be informed by a collective commitment to equal rights, under the law, for all Israelis and Palestinians.

      • 72 57andfemale
        April 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        This insane conflict is about land. I understand your point and I wish it could go in this direction. I do think we could chip away at the continually seething issues with this approach. But I doubt we could really shift it to people over territory, since it is about the identities imbued in the symbolism of the rights of ownership to that land.

  34. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    April 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  35. April 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    “Bundy and Sterling represent an ugly corner of contemporary American life, but it is one that is entirely invisible in recent Supreme Court rulings. In the Roberts Court, there are no Bundys and Sterlings; the real targets of the conservative majority are those who’ve spent their lives fighting the Bundys and Sterlings of the world.

    Chief Justice John Roberts has made a famous utterance on the subject of race, and it’s a revealing one. The remark came in a case in which the Justices addressed perhaps the most celebrated precedent in the Court’s history: Brown v. Board of Education. In that decision, in 1954, the Justices ruled that segregated public schools were by their nature unconstitutional. In 2007, the Justices evaluated one of the many attempts that communities have made to address the legacy of legal segregation in schools. Seattle used race as one factor to determine which schools some students attended; the goal of the local initiative was integrated schools. But the Court struck down the Seattle plan as a violation of the Constitution and of Brown. Even to ameliorate segregation, the consideration of race was unconstitutional. In Roberts’ evocative phrase, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” In other words, those who were trying to integrate the schools were the ones doing the “discriminating.”…….

    ….The majority engaged in the same kind of blame-shifting in a recent case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. In response to an earlier Supreme Court decision permitting some forms of affirmative action at the University of Michigan’s law school, voters in the state passed a constitutional amendment barring any use of race in admissions. It was as if the Justices in the majority and those in dissent were writing about different countries. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion suggested that the debate over affirmative action should and could take place in a genteel, controversy-free zone. “In the realm of policy discussions the regular give-and-take of debate ought to be a context in which rancor or discord based on race are avoided, not invited.” (Yes, it “ought” to be, it just may be that it isn’t.) Kennedy said that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution include the people’s right to “try to shape the course of their own times and the course of a nation that must strive always to make freedom ever greater and more secure.” Apparently, this noble endeavor includes banning affirmative action. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote about a country where the Bundys and Sterlings still hold considerable sway……

    The vile words of the rancher and the basketball tycoon showed just how right Sotomayor was. Even if her colleagues insist otherwise, racial discrimination, far from being ancient history, is as fresh and new as the latest alert on your phone.”

  36. April 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Live: Adam Silver’s NBA Press Conference on Donald Sterling


  37. 76 Linda
    April 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    According to NBC, Sterling is fined 5 million and suspended indefinitely.

  38. April 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Official Statement in full:

    “Address of Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov to the nation

    Dear fellow citizens

    Events in the East of our country have demonstrated the inaction, helplessness, and sometimes the criminal betrayal of members of our law enforcement agencies in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

    This is one of the main reasons for the low effectiveness and lack of results of Ukrainian law enforcement in the struggle against terrorism.

    This is hard to admit, but it is true. The vast majority of law enforcement officials in the East are not capable of fulfilling their obligations to protect our citizens.

    In Donetsk and Luhansk, new heads of the SBU (Security Service) have already been designated. The leadership of the special force “Alpha” has been completely replaced.

    I am also demanding that the Minister of the Interior dismiss heads of the oblast departments of the Ministry of the Interior in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. All the representatives of the police structures in place who are incapable of performing their professional duties will be dismissed. These so-called “law enforcement” members who betrayed Ukraine and began cooperating with terrorists will be responsible before the law.

    The situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts has shown that we have no other choice than to carry out a complete renewal of the police and the Security Service in the East of the country. Those units that surrendered to terrorists without resistance are incapable of protecting the lives and safety of people and to take effective measures to prevent the terrorist threat. They must be completely replaced.

    In order to form new and effective units of the Ministry of Interior and the Security Service, we need the help of Ukrainian patriots, especially those who live in the East of Ukraine. This concerns primarily the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

    The country needs this decision from you in order to restore the safety of citizens and to take effective steps to stop the terrorist threat. It is this action that will allow us to protect our country at this difficult time.

    In the central offices of the Interior Ministry and the Security Service we have installed “hot lines” for registration by volunteers, especially those who have experience in law enforcement and in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    If the current security forces are incapable of operating in these regions, then we need to replace them to ensure that the duty to protect law and order is carried out.
    I believe that together we can protect our country!”

    Ukrainian text: http://www.president.gov.ua/news/30320.html

    ABSOLUTELY the correct thing for him to do.

  39. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    April 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Adam Silver said the NBA has met with and investigated Sterling, and the voice and hateful opinions are definitely his. Apologizes to the players, past and present. Effective immediately he is banning Sterling FOR LIFE from any association with Clippers org or NBA … Sterling may not attend games or practices, be present at any Clippers facilities, or participate in any decisions involving team. NBA is fining him $2.5M, max. amt. allowed under NBA constitution, which w/be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination efforts. Regarding Sterling’s ownership interest in Clippers, he’s asking for a forced sale of the team. Condemns Sterling’s views as having no place in the NBA.

    • 79 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm


      No wonder the MSM was trying to distract us this morning with some BS “Obama at all time low” polls…they knew this was coming….

    • 80 Vicki
      April 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Banned For Life! very satisfying penalty

    • 81 57andfemale
      April 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Reading between the lines: “Sterling, you don’t want to go into a deposition and LIE about who is on that tape. Let’s rip the band aid off”.

  40. 82 Linda
    April 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Meagan Kelly’s person from Fox wanted to know if it is fair to punish someone for a ” private coversation ”

    Silver response It’s not private anymore “.

  41. 83 Dakota
    April 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I really hope they do everything in their power to force a sale of the team. I wouldn’t want to see it go to any of his family members because he’d still be pulling the strings. And they also probably hold the same bigoted views that he does.

  42. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    April 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  43. April 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

  44. 86 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    A step in the right direction!

  45. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    April 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    THIS. Lisa Guerrero asked a fantastic question of Adam Silver about why it took this moment to deal with Donald Sterling. Everyone has been complaining of his racism, workplace harassment, bullying, vile behavior to players, coaches, other people for years.

  46. April 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    THIS is how it’s done.


  47. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    April 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  48. April 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  49. 91 Paulita
    April 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Is anybody else impressed with the Q & A at that press conference with Adam Silver. The WHPC needs to hang their head in shame.

  50. April 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Another victory!!

  51. 94 Nerdy Wonka
    April 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

  52. April 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

  53. 96 Kid kanga
    April 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    So good to see the good guys up early in MN! Gov. Dayton signed a minimum wage boost a couple weeks ago, maybe others should get the memo?? And I don’t think “Landslide Al” Franken is going to be going to a recount this time around either. But Demz R DoomD1!1! Amirite??


  54. 97 Nerdy Wonka
    April 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm


  55. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    April 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    BOOM. Magic has spoken.

  56. 99 Bill R.
    April 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  57. April 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  58. 101 Bill R.
    April 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

  59. 102 Linda
    April 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    GOP Hypocrites Busted For Trying to Add $310 Billion to the Deficit Via Tax Breaks

  60. 104 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

  61. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

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