Rise and Shine

President Obama addresses the recipients of the 2014 National Association of Police Organizations Top Cops lined up in the State Dining Room prior to a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 12, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

3:0: The President awards Kyle J. White, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor


The Week Ahead

Wednesday: The President and the First Lady will travel to New York. While there, the President will host an event on the economy and attend DNC and DSCC events. More details will be forthcoming.

Thursday: The President and the First Lady will tour the National September 11th Memorial and Museum; the President will also deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. Following his remarks, the President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.


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Yahoo: Turns Out Obamacare Premiums Aren’t More Expensive After All

When the cost of an employer-provided health insurance plan is compared to the cost of an Affordable Care Act plan bought on a state health insurance exchange, the ACA plan will be more affordable on average, a new analysis from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute finds. “In 2014, the premiums for health plans offered on new state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are comparable to — and in some cases lower than — those being offered by employers with similar levels of coverage,” the analysts concluded. “The data suggest the new exchanges are competitive with the current insurance market.”

The analysis is based on employer-sponsored premiums of 156 million people in 2013. But what about all those news stories about people whose premiums had shot way up? Those were often people whose pre-ACA insurance did not meet even the most basic standards set forth by the law. “Some of the sticker shock noted among enrollees in the new exchanges is due to more comprehensive insurance coverage in the exchange plans,” the PwC analysis notes, citing research in Health Affairs. “More than half the people in the individual market had coverage below the bronze level of 60%, the lowest level in the exchanges.”

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Steve Benen: Budget Deficit On Track For Six-Year Low

It was about a year ago when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) appeared on Fox News and told viewers that Congress should be “focused on trying to deal with the ultimate problem, which is this growing deficit.” There were a couple of glaring problems with the comment. For one thing, to prioritize the deficit as the “ultimate problem” – as opposed to, say, creating jobs and reducing unemployment – is to have a fairly warped sense of urgent policy needs. For another, the deficit, in reality, is most certainly not “growing.” The U.S. government ran a big surplus in April, thanks to a flood of tax payments that helped keep the budget on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years…. Through the first seven months of the 2014 budget year, which began Oct. 1, the deficit totals $306.4 billion. That’s down 37 percent from the same period last year. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting a deficit of $492 billion for the full budget year.

That would be the narrowest gap since 2008. To be sure, none of this should come as a surprise, at least not to the policy mainstream. In recent years, the federal government has raised taxes and cut spending – and wouldn’t you know it, when Washington takes in more while spending less, the deficit gets smaller. This is a basic budgetary truism that Republicans continue to resist. Indeed, last year, when top marginal rates increased on households making more than $400,000 a year, a variety of GOP lawmakers argued that this would likely cause the deficit to go up – as they saw it, higher taxes on the wealthy would slow growth, which would mean fewer jobs, which would mean fewer people paying income taxes, which would mean a larger deficit. It appears on this, Republicans had it backwards, which will do nothing to shake the Beltway perception of the GOP as the “fiscally responsible” party. The fact remains, however, that the annual budget deficit is on track this year to have shrunk by about $900 billion since President Obama took the oath of office.

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NYT: Scientists Warn Of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt

A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday. If the findings hold up, they suggest that the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and a rise in sea level of 10 feet or more may be unavoidable in coming centuries. Global warming caused by the human-driven release of greenhouse gases has helped to destabilize the ice sheet, though other factors may also be involved, the scientists said. The rise of the sea is likely to continue to be relatively slow for the rest of the 21st century, the scientists added, but in the more distant future it may accelerate markedly, potentially throwing society into crisis. “This is really happening,” Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research, said in an interview. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.”

The West Antarctic ice sheet sits in a bowl-shaped depression in the earth, with the base of the ice below sea level. Warm ocean water is causing the ice sitting along the rim of the bowl to thin and retreat. As the front edge of the ice pulls away from the rim and enters deeper water, it can retreat much faster than before. Those six glaciers alone could cause the ocean to rise four feet as they disappear, Dr. Rignot said, possibly within a couple of centuries. He added that their disappearance will most likely destabilize other sectors of the ice sheet, so the ultimate rise could be triple that. The effects will depend in part on how much money future governments spend to protect shorelines from a rising sea. Research published in 2012 found that a rise of less than four feet would inundate land on which some 3.7 million Americans live today. Miami, New Orleans, New York and Boston are all highly vulnerable.

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BBC: Woman To Lead UN Peacekeeping Mission For First Time In Cyprus

For the first time, a woman will command a UN peacekeeping force, after Norway’s Major General Kristin Lund was appointed to lead troops in Cyprus. Maj Gen Lund, 55, has a distinguished military career going back 34 years and including postings in Lebanon and Afghanistan, a UN statement said. She will replace China’s Major General Chao Liu on 13 August.In Cyprus, she will command 996 soldiers and police officers as well as 149 civilian staff. Maj Gen Lund was congratulated on her appointment by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters in New York.

Interviewed by the Associated Press news agency, she said she was looking forward to the challenges of her new job – maintaining the ceasefire and supporting efforts to deal with minefields, unaccounted people, property disputes and other issues. She also said she was proud to crack the glass ceiling in UN peacekeeping: “I think it’s time, and I think it’s important, that other women see that it’s possible also in the UN system to get up in the military hierarchy to become a force commander.”

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Alec MacGillis: Marco Rubio Denies Climate Change While His Hometown Drowns

Marco Rubio, as you may have heard, has issued yet another blunt rejection of the whole notion of man-made climate change. “Well, yeah, I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate,” he said yesterday on ABC’s “This Week.” He continued: “Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to man-made activities…I don’t know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable. Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed… I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.

That’s what I—and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.” For this, Rubio has been roundly ridiculed by reality-based commentators. But even their scorn seems to skip over what is perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Rubio’s evasion on climate change. It would be one thing if Rubio was trying to downplay man-made climate change if he was the senator from a state that is greatly dependent on drawing fossil fuels out of the earth and pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—say, Oklahoma or West Virginia or North Dakota. But Rubio represents Florida, and is in fact from Miami. Which—how to say this nicely?—is in the process of drowning.

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Boston Globe: Vermont Legislators Agree On $10.50 Minimum Wage By 2018

The Vermont House has agreed with the Senate to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 by 2018, as lawmakers adjourned for the year. The current state minimum wage is $8.73 per hour. ‘‘Any time we can put money in the hands of Vermonters who need it most, it’s a win,’’ said Representative Tom Stevens, a Waterbury Democrat, as he presented the bill to his colleagues Friday night. ‘‘Is it enough? It’s a start.’’ Governor Peter Shumlin issued a statement praising the bill. ‘‘I will be proud to sign it,’’ he said.

The State House was filled with frenetic activity Friday and Saturday, as conference committees met on budget and tax packages for fiscal 2015 and reached deals on several other bills, including one streamlining the process for medicating mentally ill patients against their will. Majority Democrats in the House in March had passed a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour to take effect in January, but the Senate called for a slower approach. The House was ready to pass a compromise Thursday evening, but a printer’s error — the wrong bill on the matter had been placed in the legislative calendar — caused it to be delayed.

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Morgan Whitaker: Most Americans Want Obamacare To Stay, But Tweaked: Poll

They may not love all of it, but most Americans want the president’s signature health reform policy to stay. A significant majority (61%) of Americans want the Affordable Care Act kept as-is or improved with changes, while a little more than a third (38%) want the law fully repealed or replaced, according to new polling released Sunday. A little less than half (49%) of all respondents said “make some changes” when asked what they thought Congress should do with respect to the law, according to the CNN/ORC poll. Another 12% want the law kept in place in its exact form. Among those supporting repeal, 18% said they wanted to repeal and replace the health reform law with a new law, and 20% said it should just be repealed.

Independent voters show a slightly more repeal-friendly breakdown, with 55% supporting a law in its original or improved form, and 45% supporting repeal either with or without replacement. Broken down across age groups, younger adults (ages 18-34) are most likely to support making minor changes to the law (50%). Seniors, many of whom already received health coverage from Medicare, are more likely than any other demographic to support a full repeal of the law with no replacement, at 25%. Across racial groups, nonwhites are more likely than whites to want the law kept as is or improved, 79% to 53%. While whites are slightly more likely than nonwhites to support repeal or repeal with replacement, 46% to 21%. Recent polling from Gallup found African-American and Latino Americans saw more significant decreases in the uninsured rate since the law’s health exchange open enrollment period began. The poll also finds a slight increase in the overall number of Americans who see the law as a success – a four-point jump since November 2013 from 8% to 12%.

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Jimmy Vielkind: Obama To Visit Tappan Zee Bridge As G.O.P. Convenes

President Barack Obama will visit the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project on Wednesday as part of an administration push for more infrastructure spending, a White House spokesman confirmed. Obama chose the Tappan Zee—which carries the New York State Thruway over the Hudson River, between Tarrytown and Nyack—to make a point about streamlined federal approval processes, White House spokesman Keith Maley said.

A $3.9 billion replacement structure is now under construction, spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo and helped by a $1.6 billion federal loan that was approved in October. There is already visible progress on the replacement structure. “President Obama and his administration are focused every day on what we can do to expand opportunity for every American,” said Maley. “In today’s economy, that means building a first-class infrastructure that attracts first-class jobs and takes American businesses’ goods all across the world.”

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Steve Benen: A Law By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

It’s been nearly a year since Jason Cherkis published it, but his health care anecdote out of Kentucky resonates because of its salience. As Cherkis reported last August, a middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffled up to a small folding table at the Kentucky State Fair to hear about Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange established by the Affordable Care Act. The man liked what he heard. “This beats Obamacare I hope,” he said, apparently unaware that Kynect and Obamacare are the same thing. A year later, as NBC News’ First Read discovered, there’s a lot of this going around. When it comes to views of the new health care law, sometimes it’s all in a name. In Kentucky, our NBC-Marist poll found that 57% of registered voters have an unfavorable view of “Obamacare,” the shorthand commonly used to label the 2010 Affordable Care Act. That’s compared with only 33% who give it a thumbs up – hardly surprising in a state where the president’s approval rating hovers just above 30%.

By comparison, when Kentucky voters were asked to give their impression of kynect, the state exchange created as a result of the health care law, the picture was quite different. A plurality – 29% – said they have a favorable impression of kynect, compared to 22% who said they view the system unfavorably. I put together the above chart to help capture the difference, and while kynect is less well known – 27% of Kentuckians said they hadn’t heard of it, with another 21% saying they were unsure – the difference is hard to miss. It’s a timely reminder that polling on health care is tricky in this political climate. If you ask Americans whether they like “Obamacare.” in most cases, they do not. Ask them whether they support the policy provisions within the Affordable Care Act and suddenly the law looks very popular. What explains the discrepancy? Some of it’s based on lingering confusion – a lot of folks still don’t know much about the law – and some of it’s tribal, with those who hold the president in contempt rejecting the reform law, not on the merits, but because Obama signed it.

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Don Lee: After Decades of Exodus, Companies Returning Production To The U.S.

In 2001, Generac Power Systems joined the wave of American companies shifting production to China. The move wiped out 400 jobs in southeast Wisconsin, but few could argue with management’s logic: Chinese companies were offering to make a key component for $100 per unit less than the cost of producing it in the U.S. Now, however, Generac has brought manufacturing of that component back to its Whitewater plant — creating about 80 jobs in this town of about ‎14,500 people. The move is part of a sea change in American manufacturing: After three decades of an exodus of production to China and other low-wage countries, companies have sharply curtailed moves abroad. Some, like Generac, have begun to return manufacturing to U.S. shores.

Although no one keeps precise statistics, the retreat from offshoring is clear from various sources, including federal data on assistance to workers hurt by overseas moves. U.S. factory payrolls have grown for four straight years, with gains totaling about 650,000 jobs. That’s a small fraction of the 6 million lost in the previous decade, but it still marks the biggest and longest stretch of manufacturing increases in a quarter century. Harry Moser, an MIT-trained engineer who tracks the inflow of jobs, estimates that last year marked the first time since the offshoring trend began that factory jobs returning to the U.S. matched the number lost, at about 40,000 each. “Offshoring and ‘re-shoring’ were roughly in balance — I call that victory,” said Moser

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On This Day

 Sen. Barack Obama stops to speak with school kids from Holy Cross as he departs after a vote on amendments to S.2284, the “Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007,” on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 13, 2007



President Obama walks to the podium to deliver a statement on the situation in Sri Lanka, May 13, 2009

President Obama enters the stage to give the commencement address at Arizona State University Commencement at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe Arizona May 13, 2009


President Obama talks on the phone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about the final details of the START Treaty, in the Oval Office, Saturday, March 13, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron during a joint press conference in the East Room at the White House on May 13, 2013


147 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    May 13, 2014 at 10:38 am


  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    May 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Ooooo, it was Nerdy who let me in! Thanks! 🙂 🙂 Off to enjoy your offerings.

  3. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    May 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

  4. 8 Judith Fardig
    May 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hi VC, and thanks NW for all the great info! Wishing you all a sunny day.

  5. 11 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

    furst, yessss.

    (Don’t recognize the noobies above me).

  6. 17 57andfemale
    May 13, 2014 at 10:43 am


    • 18 57andfemale
      May 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

      grrrr nowhere close to uno. Damn login, and at my age – AMK!!!! – I still have to look at my cheat sheet for my gazillion new passwords!

      • 19 amk for obama
        May 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

        yeah, kill the messenger. /smh

        If you use firefox, there is a provision to use a master password for all sites. Do ya?

        • 20 57andfemale
          May 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

          There is?!?! I use Chrome at work but Firefox at home. I can always go to Firefox here as well.

          Where do I find how to do this?

          • 21 amk for obama
            May 13, 2014 at 11:35 am


            enable ‘remember passwords for sites’. (It will ask for the first time when you log on to any site. It’s up to you whether to accept it or deny it).

            enable use a master password.

            enter master password twice. (caveat – if you forget this firefox master password, then it won’t let you into the sites for which you had enabled the remember passwords option. Store it in your cheatsheet).

            click ok. You are done.

            for further security, do as below.

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            You owe me 12,345 bucks.

            • 22 57andfemale
              May 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

              You are a god.

              Can’t I worship you instead? Wouldn’t that be more fun than dirty cash?

            • 27 57andfemale
              May 13, 2014 at 11:56 am

              Wait – are you saying if I enter passwords into this option, I won’t be able to EVER use the site’s password directly?! That’s a little passive aggressive, isn’t it?

              • 28 amk for obama
                May 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

                Yes, you can. You just have to disable use master password option (for which you have to use the master password). diabolical, isn’t it?

                • 29 57andfemale
                  May 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

                  But if you can’t remember the password, then……

                  Hey! That was a trap, wasn’t it?

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      May 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Once, which is a form of uno, right?

  7. May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Thanks a gazillion Nerdy – after the stormy night you had it, I have NO clue how you did it! Thank you again Legend, a wonderful newsie round-up.

    • 32 Nerdy Wonka
      May 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thanks, Chiparoo for the concern and checking in. Truly, a very messed up night and early morning. Thankfully, things are calm for now.

      • May 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

        A storm like that would terrify the living daylights out of me, Nerdy – I certainly wouldn’t be fit to do an R&S. Thank you again, so much, hope all stays calm ’round your way!

      • 34 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
        May 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

        Y’all really got slammed last night.! My niece lives in Austin and said it was awful. It’s made its way down here to the coast but we’re not getting it anywhere near as bad as you did. Good to see you made it through without incident though I think the major danger was attempting to drive. I’m devastated (insert sarcastic smile here) because my boss is stuck on the Harbor Bridge due to an overturned truck blocking all incoming lanes. Can’t wait til she gets here, she should be in a wonderful mood. 😦

      • 36 hopefruit2
        May 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Oh my..I wasn’t aware of your experience with horrid weather yesterday. But glad you are safe, and things are okay otherwise. 🙂

  8. May 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

    • 41 Vicki
      May 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Huge news and thanks to all who are publicizing it.
      The Anti-Romney agenda working out very well and may it continue until every person who wants to work has a job that can support him/her and their families.

  9. 42 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

  10. 43 57andfemale
    May 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I am bursting with pride and happiness today. I have a friend who I have known since she was a teenager 25 years ago. I went through her two marriages, the loss of her mother to breast cancer at the young age of 43 and all of her successes and tribulations in life. I have known her family all these years.

    Her Aunt Kathy (her mother’s sister) has been in a committed relationship with Bonnie for over 30 years.

    Yesterday, my friend officiated at their wedding. Aunt Bonnie is now officially Aunt Bonnie.

    This is one of the most loving, stable relationships I’ve ever witnessed and I am overflowing with joy for their official commitment to each other.

    • 44 derbingleguy
      May 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

      You know that picture of PBO on the Capitol steps with the school children just really speaks to the essence of this man.

  11. May 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Another heat wave here in Northern California. Incredibly abnormal but her, SCIENCE is not to be believed!

    • 47 GGail
      May 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Meta, we’re sweltering down here in SoCal too.

      • May 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

        It’s so out of range for SF. I was planning a lot of walking in the City today but now am wondering if that’s such a good idea. Stay cool!

        • 49 GGail
          May 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

          It really is unusual for SF to be that hot. Follow the warnings/recommendations – stay cool, drink plenty of water.

          Invite Rubio to come to one of SF’s morning news shows to talk about climate change 😉

  12. 50 donna dem 4 obama
    May 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I’m looking forward to another beautiful day here in DC

  13. 63 hopefruit2
    May 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats to vc on #1 🙂 Thanks NW for another fabulous R & S round-up!!

    There’s an abundance of positive O-related news -no wonder the MSM is trying to distract with all kinds of irrelevant nonsense…

    • 64 derbingleguy
      May 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

      I think I speak for the day traders on the floor when I say “Four more years! Four more years!”

      • 65 hopefruit2
        May 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

        LOL – I remember that day quite well! 🙂

        • 66 derbingleguy
          May 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

          Hopefruit I bet when they called Ohio for PBO that Hannity, Limbaugh and yes even the Koch brothers went, “Yes!!!!!!!” Then called their brokers to quadruple their stock investments.

          • 67 hopefruit2
            May 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

            I’m not sure about the Koch brothers given the amount of $$$ they spent to help Willard. But Hannity and Limbaugh..yes..

    • 68 Vicki
      May 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Cutting insurance rates? LOWERING INSURANCE PREMIUMS!!!!

      GOP/MSM crying weeping tearing hair out!!!!

      “Quick, someone anyone cook up something something bad for POTUS” GOP begging.

      • 69 hopefruit2
        May 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

        Watch out for the next “poll” either showing PBO at an “all time low” on some issue, or comparing him unfavorably to the MSM’s new “Dem Darling” HRC…

        • 70 Vicki
          May 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

          Sadly, hopefruit, I agree with all the opinions you’ve expressed recently. No, “agree to disagree” with me necessary.
          We agree and sometimes our outlook is bleak.

          On the plus side we have a President we adore and who will be in charge for several more wonderful years.

  14. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    May 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

  15. May 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

    America’s strength is its DIVERSITY!

  16. 89 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

  17. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    May 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    “The Affordable Care Act has changed how health insurance is bought, sold, and managed and, on balance, those changes have produced substantial benefits for consumers without harming insurance markets,” said Michael McCue, the study’s lead author. “In its first two years, the MLR requirement contributed to a significant reduction in insurance administrative costs, a major source of health care cost growth in the United States.”

  18. 96 MightyPamela
    May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Copyright permission expires today, last chance to listen to one of the most fantastic covers EVER!! 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo&sns=em

  19. 97 GGail
    May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Good West Coast morning NW, Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Nerdy, I’m just hearing of the bad, horrible weather you experienced last night in Tx. I’m so happy to see you came through and put together an awesome R&S. I’m so proud of you girl !!!

    You even managed to give me a little thrill – I see PBO’s skin between the top of his sock and the end of his pant leg.
    (Is it too early for a NaughtyMat?) 🙂

  20. 107 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

    effing nerds

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    • 108 Nerdy Wonka
      May 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Hahahahaha….that’s a good one.

      It’s always fun trying to use the periodic table to make all sorts of jokes.

      Teachers however, might not be so impressed with our imaginations.

  21. 109 Nena20409
    May 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    GM/A/E/N to all beautiful TODers.

    VC is on Fire.

    3X Straight with the Golden Medals.


    R&S is Fantastic NW. Good to read that that you made it okay after a stormy night.

    Dow and S&P are tearing the record books. IMPEACH!

  22. 110 donna dem 4 obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  23. May 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Great rise and shine! Looking forward to medal ceremony today. It is always a reminder of the strength of human spirit in adversity.

  24. 113 donna dem 4 obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  25. 114 Nena20409
    May 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm


    Louisiana has dropped its lawsuit against the liberal group MoveOn.org, which had aimed to remove the group’s billboard that was critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for not expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

    MoveOn announced Tuesday that the lawsuit had been dropped and that it would keep the billboard up through at least November.

    “This billboard in Louisiana will be a constant reminder to Gov. Jindal and Republican officials in the state that we are not backing down until they stop blocking Medicaid,” Anna Galland, who heads the group’s civic action division, said in a statement.

  26. May 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t know about you, but this would give me a heart attack:

    • 116 Nerdy Wonka
      May 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      OH HELL NO. I would have freaked the heck out. Snakes are creatures I do not do no matter how small or large.

      I screamed when I saw the tweet with the picture. Whenever I watch Animal Planet or any animal shows and it comes to a program on snakes, I flip the channel faster than one can say Jack. I can’t look at them…even in a thirty second commercial.

      Who the heck is allowed to keep a python as a pet?! Snakes: One of the most disgusting creatures on the planet.

    • 119 amk for obama
      May 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Cool. We caught some puff adders in our site camp in south africa a few weeks back.

      I have the pics if you want.

    • 120 MightyPamela
      May 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      This is a symptom of drought. Snakes prefer not to be around humans. Snakes know heart. If people put water outside for them, they would drink and go away, they would not come inside.

  27. 121 donna dem 4 obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  28. 122 donna dem 4 obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I’M TERRIFIED OF SNAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LATER Y’ALL!!!!

    • May 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Sorry, Donna!! I’m pretty freaked out myself!!

      CHIPS or NW, PLEASE remove my snake tweet. It’s making me feel nauseated!!

    • 124 57andfemale
      May 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Me, too. Luckily, I was working my way UP the thread. I will refrain from going further until there’s a new thread. Freak out!

  29. 127 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  30. 128 Nena20409
    May 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm


    A billionaire philanthropist is asking the state of Oklahoma to raise taxes on oil companies, including his own, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

    George Kaiser, who is the patron of the George Kaiser Family Foundation and controls Kaiser-Francis Oil Co., said in a prepared statement that Oklahoma is in “desperate financial circumstances” and could put revenue raised from a higher tax on oil-and-gas production toward education and infrastructure projects.

    Energy companies in the state currently pay a 7 percent tax on oil and gas revenue, with a 1 percent tax rate for the first four years of a well’s life. Kaiser wants to raise the rate for new wells to 7 percent, with a 3.5 percent rate for a well’s first two years.

    • 129 carolyn
      May 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      And yet our governor wants to lower those energy taxes. Our capitol building is falling apart, we can’t repair bridges, we are 49th in funding education, 48th in access to health care, our roads are potholes connected by a little tar, we are crazy to execute people, but can’t even get a correct formula and do that humanely, but the lege and the gov will do NOTHING to help. The two candidates running for the Repub nom for Senator only talk about repealing Obamacare and “FREEDOM” and our rights coming from “ALMIGHTY GOD” not the Constitution…..but hey, don’t touch the profits of energy companies, which are obscene.

      Good for George Kaiser. Wish the gov would listen, but she’s bought lock, stock and barrel by the Kochs.

  31. 131 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  32. 132 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  33. 134 yardarm756
    May 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    G’day all. Presser is about to begin.

  34. 135 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was censured Monday night by Republicans in Charleston County who don’t believe he’s conservative enough.

    Guess all that benghazi, benghazi didn’t help with the teapartytwits.

    • 136 jacquelineoboomer
      May 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Oops. How does it feel, Lindsey?

    • 137 Nena20409
      May 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      As he undoubtedly wins his primary race. These same folks who censured Lindsay would VOTE for the Graham in a heart beat. Their Flair……Southern pretenses aside is just that.

  35. May 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Remember that everyone holds the fate of millions in his hands
    Archbishop Emeritus Lubomyr

    “Thank God, over 20-plus years, there have been changes, and new opportunities have emerged. Over the past few months, these changes have taken on new forms, new life. As mentioned above, we are on the threshold of establishing a genuinely democratic system.

    What does this mean?

    Our great poet Ivan Franko stated it aptly. In his poem ‘The Great Anniversary,’ he says, “Remember that everyone holds the fate of millions in his hands and to these millions you will have to answer.” These lines include two key words.

    The first is ‘everyone’— not just high-ranking officials and civil servants, but every citizen, without exception, from the oldest to the youngest, from the highest to the lowest.

    The second key word is ‘you.’ This is a personal appeal, not to some ‘he,’ ‘she,’ or ‘they,’ but ‘you.’ Each of us is personally responsible for the fate of the nation.”


    Applies as much to each of us, on 4 Nov 2014, as it does to each Ukrainian on 25 May 2014

  36. 139 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    gunnite folks.

  37. May 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Congratulations amk!!!

    May 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm


  39. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    May 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I need sunshine!

    Good afternoon to all. 🙂

  40. 143 Nena20409
    May 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Here goes Karl as a piped in asking GOP talking points questions using Failure to frame in Syria…Assad and Must go. How I wish I was the one answering this one and Karl would feel his arse burning.

  41. 145 Nena20409
    May 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm


  42. 147 jacquelineoboomer
    May 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    In a goofy mood, so I especially loved the Paula Poundstone tweet, NW! Thanks for finding it. Ha.

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