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  1. 1 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    FURST

  2. 27 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  3. February 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Kenya was a Block Captain that I worked with in 2008!

  4. 30 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    say gunnite, vc.

  5. 41 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  6. February 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    POTUS motorcade arriving last night in San Francisco:

    • February 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Thank yoooooou Ms Majestic, I love motorcade videos!!!

      • February 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

        It’s such a full-blown thrill, it’s impossible not to get super excited!!

        • February 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm

          The last time I was in DC, PBO’s motorcade went by at the top of a street I was walking on, he was waaaaaaaaay way away from me, The Beast looked like an ant, but I was hyperventilating for an hour. Can you imagine if I ever actually met the man?

          • February 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm

            BWwwawahahaaa!!

            You would be just fine. He’s so sweet and handsome, you wouldn’t even have the chance to take your eyes off of him and fall down.

            • 47 carolyn
              February 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm

              I always love pictures of PBO or his cars in San Francisco! I lived there during my early teen years, and those pictures just bring back wonderful memories. It is such a beautiful city! Just his motorcade zooming through those streets looks like a movie.

  7. 51 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Arson Investigators At Scene Of Texas Islamic Center That Burned Overnight

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/quba-islamic-institute-houston-fire

    • 52 57andfemale
      February 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      The left (and AA’s, especially) are always scolded in the media if there is any looting or passionate rioting after an injustice. But KKK-like actions of the loony Right – no problem. Just isolated incidents. God.

  8. February 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I really LOVE how WWW is featuring more of VP Biden. YAY!!

  9. 56 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

  10. 57 carolyn
    February 13, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Loved the WWW with VPOTUUS! What a wonderful VP he is. What team can ever approach these two? Only JB and some wonderful VP whom we’ve not met yet might come close…..but, these two…….incomparable!

  11. 58 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I keep focusing on that panel member who can’t keep completely still, at least not for longer than a minute.

  12. February 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Morning all.

    The missus has an interview Monday in Pasadena. Wheeeeeee.

  13. February 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  14. 69 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    That panelist on the left reminds me of Robin Williams.

  15. February 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    The President talks with Valerie Jarrett before boarding Marine One in San Francisco this morning.

  16. February 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Interesting piece in Slate from last November:

    Fourth, even if the justices did decide that the subsidies were invalid, that might actually help Obamacare, not hurt it. There’s going to be a lot of pushback to yanking the subsidies out of the hands of the 4.6 million people that are already getting them. In this scenario, many of these people would have had health insurance for one brief moment and then would again be unable to afford it. There is a difference between denying a benefit you never experienced and taking away a benefit that made your life immeasurably better for a brief period of time. If the court sides with the challengers, it is going to put pressure on the states that opted out of creating an exchange for ideological reasons to do something to ensure that those who can’t afford it can get insurance. Perversely, the existence of the sprawling federal exchange and subsidy made it easier for states to thumb their noses at the ACA. It gets a lot tougher if state exchanges are the only realistic possibility for many people. In the end, striking the federal subsidies may push more states into the Obamacare fold.

    Let’s hold off on the panic for now.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/11/king_v_burwell_why_progressives_shouldn_t_worry_that_the_supreme_court_will.html

    • 72 57andfemale
      February 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      I’m not panicking, but I’m still cynical about the outcome. GOP will tell their sheep that ACA will be replaced, and they’ll believe it. It will be years before they figure out they’ve been lied to. That’s enough distance for the GOP. Of course the Democratic party could make it a cause celebre, but that would require them actually fighting as a unified party. I’m cynical about that as well.

      There was no reason for SCOTUS to take this case as it was headed for en banc in the D.C. Circuit. There are four justices minimum who want to jettison ACA. There are some arguments that might persuade Kennedy; but I’ve read recently that even that reasoning could backfire concerning a great many Federal laws imposed on the states. The only truly positive outcome is if they defer to the IRS reading of the law – the Chevron case which leaves ambiguous language to the regulating body to determine.

      Even with that, God knows what other nefarious plan is in the works. It’s not as if the Democratic leadership put their own people on the case of ferreting out any other possible challenges. They’d much rather react than be proactive.

    • 73 Vicki
      February 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      No panic is okay.
      But no comforting spin either, please.
      If the ACA is harmed even in the tiniest detail it is not a good thing.

    • 74 idon
      February 13, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      I would be surprised if the federal subsidy was ruled against. Not only would 4.5 million people lose their health insurance immediately, it would also mean people would literally not be able to get treatment for conditions diagnosed under the preventative care portion of the bill. The immediate affect of which could be death for a significant number of people. It would increase uninsured visits to hospital ERs and it would mean people would not be able to afford or get medications for chronic conditions. it would have an immediate trickle down effect on businesses. I just don’t see the supremes ruling against the ACA.

    • 75 EricFive
      February 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      My feeling is that the great harm an adverse ruling will have on the insurance industry will be reason the subsidies will stand. Insurance companies are relying on those subsidies. The subsidies allow insurers to afford to not deny coverage for pre existing condition and not have caps on coverage. An adverse ruling would put untold pressure on the GOP to act, and it is unable to act (i.e., it would be a loser for the GOP). This would effect big business in a big way. That is the difference between this and the Voting Rights Act. Making it harder for Black folks to vote is in the GOP’s interest, destroying the health insurance industry is not. The Supreme Court will play the fall guy, the GOP will be able to rally their base for 2016 to elect a President to get rid of the ACA and/or appoint another conservative justice to the Court.


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