Archive for February 10th, 2015

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Feb
15

LOL Tuesday Away

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Feb
15

A Tweet Or Two

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See, TV head honchos? When you have great representative story telling that reflects the diversity of our world today, you get HUGE ratings

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Paul Waldman: On Obama’s ‘Evolution’ On Same-Sex Marriage

In Obama adviser David Axelrod’s new book, he reveals that in 2008 the future president did indeed believe in marriage equality, but he was persuaded by Axelrod and others that it would be too risky to say publicly. So he took the standard Democratic position at the time, in favor of civil unions but against marriage rights. I imagine that exactly no one is surprised by this. And while it isn’t an excuse for deception, the decision should be understood in the context of that historical moment, The context of Obama’s falsehood is important to understand—both his own thinking and the reception his statements on the matter received.

In 2008, the Democratic Party was undergoing a rapid change in its approach to same-sex marriage, and the stated positions of almost every candidate were in flux. Four years before, when the issue exploded into national debate after the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized marriage equality (their ruling actually came down in late 2003),  Most of the presidential contenders came down in support of civil unions but against marriage rights, a position that just happened to be where the median voter was. By 2008, everyone seemed to understand that the position all the major Democratic candidates were taking was a temporary way-station on the path to an eventual embrace of full marriage equality. Nobody really believed that was where the party and its representatives were going to stay.

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10
Feb
15

More Jobs? Thanks, President Obama

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Josh Zumbrun: Job Openings At 14-Year High As Hiring Returns To Pre-Recession Levels

For the first time since January 2001, the U.S. had more than five million job openings at the end of December, a sign of a labor environment shifting in favor of workers. December was also the best month for hiring since before the recession struck more than seven years ago. More than 5.1 million people were hired in December, the most since November 2007, according to the Labor Department‘s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, known as JOLTS.

The report adds to signs that the labor market is strengthening considerably. The Labor Department’s main jobs report, released on February 6, showed that November, December and January comprised the best three-month stretch of hiring since 1997, raising hope that the U.S economy will start delivering stronger wage growth for a wider swath of Americans after more than five years of sluggish recovery from a deep recession.

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10
Feb
15

Chat Away

10
Feb
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: On board a plane flying to Iowa after Barack Obama announced his bid for the Presidency in Springfield, 2007

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: White House Press Briefing

4:0: The President meets with the Congressional Black Caucus, Cabinet Room

* The President is interviewed by Buzzfeed

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11:20 EST: The First Lady Surprises White House Tours in Honor of the Opening of the Old Family Dining Room

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President Obama on Dean Smith’s legacy:

Huuuuuuge thanks to LP

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On This Day

Senator Barack Obama announces his bid for the Presidency, Springfield, Feb 10, 2007 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama looks out over the snow covered Rose Garden of the White House from the Oval Office, Feb. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and House Republican Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) gesture while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) look on during a meeting of bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate to discuss working together on issues surrounding the economy and jobs in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Feb. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose while greeting Dallas Cowboys football players, from left, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, and Felix Jones at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012. The players joined Mrs. Obama and chefs from past seasons of “Top Chef” for the “Schools and Chefs Working Together” cooking competition to help promote the “Let’s Move!” initiative (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, after the President signed H.R. 3801, the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, Feb. 10, 2012. The bill was the last piece of legislation that Giffords sponsored and voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Obama family pets Bo, left, and Sunny sit at a table in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 10, 2014. The table settings will be used at the State Dinner for President François Hollande of France (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama and President François Hollande of France travel aboard Air Force One en route to Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 10, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello with Leslie Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Feb. 10, 2014 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama signs the guest book following a tour of Monticello with President François Hollande of France in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 10, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

10
Feb
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Bo plays in the snow during a blizzard on the south grounds of the White House, Feb. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

(I may or may not have slept in 😕 )




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