Archive for April 30th, 2015

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Apr
15

Chat Away

President Obama talks with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in the doorway of the Oval Office at the conclusion of a signing ceremony for S.535, Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, April 30, 2015 (Photo by Pete Souza)

30
Apr
15

Changing The Conversation On Mental Health

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30
Apr
15

An Open Letter

Well, we now have two declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. (If we’re being charitable, three, but who’s counting Lincoln Chafee?)

Hillary Clinton is on her “listening tour” (didn’t she do that in 2008?), and seems to be listening somewhat. She gave a speech calling for the end of mass incarceration; a mass incarceration she called for back when her husband was president. But, people change, that was 20 years ago, and being the good rationalist I am I will keep an open mind. I’m certainly not going to dismiss her out of hand if she wins the nomination, because the thought of someone more conservative and unhinged than Antonin Scalia taking his seat on the Supreme Court should give even the most side-eyed Democratic Clinton-hater a bucket-full of pauses.

And then we have Bernie Sanders. I really don’t know why he’s running. He might have made an impact as an independent; but, props to him, he didn’t want to split the left vote, so he’s giving it the old college try. But an old guy with unkempt hair who looks like he should be feeding the pigeons probably won’t have the financial wherewithal to take on the Koch/Adelson money machine (something Hillary will have no problem doing should she win). Bernie running is part vanity, and part to get his issues out beyond his acolytes. (This is assuming that the media give him any attention, even if he is running as a Democrat. The media is good at ignoring those who are inconvenient.)

Some are rooting for Deval Patrick to enter. Many are pinning their hopes on Martin O’Malley. And, of course, there’s always Jim Webb. (I jest.)

Of course, I have questions.

Continue reading ‘An Open Letter’

30
Apr
15

The President Participates In A Live ‘Virtual Field Trip’

10:50 EDT: The President participates in a live “virtual field trip” with students around the country

30
Apr
15

Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk in the Green Room of the White House before being introduced at a Joining Forces initiative employment announcement for veterans and military spouses, April 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:50: The President participates in a live “virtual field trip” with students around the country; Anacostia Library, Washington

2:25: Signs the S. 535 Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015

3:20: Meets with members of the New Democrat Coalition; Cabinet Room

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On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama meets hostesses at the annual Congressional Club Luncheon at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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