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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama returns the salute from Tommie Okabayashi, one of the members of the group of Japanese American WWII veterans, during a meeting in the Oval Office to congratulate them on their Congressional Gold Medal, Feb. 18, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

11:15: The President honors the 2015 NHL Champion Chicago Blackhawks, East Room

2:05: Meets with African American faith and civil rights leaders, The Roosevelt Room

4:40: Hosts a reception in recognition of African American History Month, East Room


152 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. February 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks…TOD Family

    Everyone, enjoy your day! 😀

    • 7 desertflower
      February 18, 2016 at 8:09 am

      A most excellent and important quote. Thank you, swbluega….morning people:) Wake up! Wake up! 🙂

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Morning, SW. I wish every child in the US could learn and understand this quote from the earliest age. Our President lives the Golden Rule. It’s a part of his being and is reflected in everything he does.

      • February 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

        Good Morning, JackieG! 🙂

        The Golden Rule, however it is labeled, should become a part of the values learned…and it is best learned by example.

    • 14 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

      ABSOLUTELY…………..I JUST SENT THE SPLC HATE GROUP REPORT OVER TO MY FB……………….UNFORTUNATELY THE HATE MAP LOOKS LIKE A PATCH OF VOMIT ON OUR COUNTRY….INDEED AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THEY HAVE TREATED THIS PRESIDENT…………THIS WILL NOT END WELL BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE TRADING THEIR HUMANITY FOR TRUMP STATUS. GOD IS NOT SMILING AND WE WILL REAP WHAT WE SOW…I LOVE MY PRESIDENT AND ALL OF THOSE WHO REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT GOD’S HIGHEST COMMANDMENT HAPPENS TO BE………………….LOVE THY NEIGHBOR…LOVE THY BROTHER AND SISTER………………………………………….LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

  2. 15 99ts
    February 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    GM TOD – found out this evening that Barney Frank is in Australia – talking lots to the media – I picked him up on the abc (public radio/bbc equivalent)

    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4407112.htm

    Bernie Sanders cannot win
    “The press has mentioned that Ted Cruz has only one member of Congress supporting him. Well Bernie Sanders has two. And one of the things I think you’re gonna see people point out is that Bernie Sanders is running as the quintessential outsider. He is in fact the insider in this race. He’s been in Congress for 25 years. Despite that, only two of the members support him. And again, it’s not like Cruz. Cruz has no support from anybody in Congress because he’s apparently one of the meanest people anybody ever met and no-one likes him. In Sanders’ case, that’s not the case. It’s the fear of the actual consequence.”

    • 16 Ladyhawke
      February 18, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Bernie has a way with words.

      • 17 desertflower
        February 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

        Unicorn farts.

      • 18 99ts
        February 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

        Listening to him he sounded much more polished in his speech than when I heard him when in congress. He made his points very well on a number of issues. Guess he is on some type of speaking tour.

      • 19 Ladyhawke
        February 18, 2016 at 8:23 am

        Oops – ‘BARNEY’ has a way with words.

        • 20 99ts
          February 18, 2016 at 8:56 am

          That’s what I read – then I had to sort out what df said – took me awhile to see the error

          • 21 57andfemale
            February 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

            You guys are confusing me this morning!

            Here is what I find hilarious about Bernie: he wants “the people” engaged, screaming, demonstrating to get Congress to do what they want. But he glosses over that we should be VOTING for the right congress-people.

            Why is he gaining traction when he prefers chaos to governance? He prefers angry mobs to helping build a better Congress? WTF is wrong with people to not recognize that Bernie has absolutely no qualities that are vital to being POTUS?

            • 22 Sandy1110
              February 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

              Hi 57,

              He’s the mirror image of Trump. They’re both tapping into anger from people who want ‘results’, despite their followers’ ignorance of what that really entails. They’re just doing it from the far ends of the political spectrum.

              • 23 57andfemale
                February 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm

                Exactly. And if it ends up the two of them (God forbid) the GOP will scare enough people about Bernie turning us into Soviet Russia, and Trump is “strong”. The polls showing Bernie beating the GOP field is absurd. They are master manipulators. What is especially terrifying is that the GOP will have no qualms about putting a first class idiot in the WH. This is getting serious, people.

                • 24 Obama Grandmama
                  February 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm

                  My brother says the GOP wants someone they can manipulate in the WH, not someone they cannot control. Sounds about right. Could be why they are pushing Jeb and Rubio.

                  • 25 57andfemale
                    February 18, 2016 at 1:12 pm

                    Absolutely true. But their John Birch-style tactics throughout PBO’s term has come to roost. Even a decade ago, the kinds of lies spouted by GOP would never have been tolerated by the press or the people. This is a drastic change, fueling insane ideas in RW media and parroted by the GOP itself. Where did they think it was going to end up?

            • 26 99ts
              February 18, 2016 at 4:17 pm

              Just look at EVERY GOPer 57 – they also have no qualities vital to being POTUS – the media has truly turned this into a reality show with Trump as the band leader.

              • 27 57andfemale
                February 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

                I am aghast at it all, 99ts. Simply aghast.

                • 28 99ts
                  February 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm

                  Watching from afar – it sure seems that 75% of the US population is imploding in hate. I blame the media for a very large part of this – and McCain and Palin for the rest.

                  • 29 57andfemale
                    February 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

                    It is directly related to what has happened in our media. And if I’m going to be honest, Bill Clinton and the Telecom bill are a great part of the problem, when the airwaves were deregulated and RWNJ telecom corps took over. Of course, the Dems spent 20 years just calling RW radio and Fox News “crazy” while they did nothing to build a liberal media infrastructure. But it is now impossible to fathom. The press must be the arbiter of truth, and they have failed miserably.

    • 30 desertflower
      February 18, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Kind of goes hand in hand with this: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/my-unicorn-problem/

      As Matt O’Brien rightly said recently, even the incremental changes Hillary Clinton is proposing are very unlikely to get through Congress; the radical changes Bernie Sanders is proposing wouldn’t happen even if Democrats retook the House. O’Brien says that the Democratic primary is “like arguing what’s more real: a magical unicorn or a regular unicorn. In either case, you’re still running on a unicorn platform.” This is, alas, probably true: the platforms of the candidates are better seen as aspirational than as programs at all likely to happen.

      But in that case, why not go for the magical unicorn? A couple of reasons.

      I believe that if Sanders is the nominee, we will lose. Period.

      • February 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

        I’m wondering when the glaze-eyes from high reaching promises will start to fade and the excitement for “revolution” will start to wan.

        • 32 desertflower
          February 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

          It won’t until reality smacks this chatter upside the damn head. His ideas are all nice and rosey…and have absolutely zero chance of becoming law with this congressional makeup. He is lying to people right now and rather than be enraged that they are being pulled into the lie, they are drinking the koolaid. Reality and reason has to catch up to them. It hasn’t yet.

      • February 18, 2016 at 9:22 am

        What irritates me about this kind of thinking is that it makes what Hillary is proposing on the same level of what Bernie Sanders is proposing and that is just not true…Hillary Clinton has common sense proposals……the 2nd thing that irks me is to continue to allow the GOP to control what will and will not happen….the President found a way….but what the Democrats SHOULD be talking about is what do we do about voter suppression and building a ground game to bring out the vote….and in each state…the DEMS esp in Blue states that have GOP reps…. should be thinking about voter registration drives and GOTV….

        this talk as if we are doomed has to end….

        take a lesson from blk folks…we never give up…because if we do…we die….NUFF SAID

      • 34 57andfemale
        February 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

        Let’s recall: When McGovern spectacularly lost to Nixon, we had a Congress with many moderate to even liberal GOP members. The country was sane. And imagine if Nixon had been defeated. Imagine if he hadn’t been able to turn the country in a RW direction. If a solid Dem had been the nominee. There is a good chance that we could have avoided or at least lessened the rightward march that has come to destroy this nation.

        Now, Bernie is willing to turn this country over to whack jobs of monumental proportions, because he has the mind of a 16 year old who thinks that chaos and revolution always result in great outcomes. Read a history book, grow up, and don’t put our future at risk.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2016 at 8:43 am

      99ts, thanks for this. There is still a lot of Bernie delusion going on in this country, but there is very little substance beneath the delusion and I’m hoping that enough people see that very soon.

      • 36 99ts
        February 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

        I was channel surfing when I first saw him. It was REALLY good to see someone telling the truth about both the dem candidates and the RWNJs. Our media gets too many lies from the US media.

  3. 37 Linda
    February 18, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning.

    LOL…. After Morning Junk went on and on about Trump, Joe Klein told him Donal Trump has a highly developed Lizard brain.

    Joe was NOT happy and with his usual MO started talking LOUD over the top of Klein.

  4. 45 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2016 at 8:24 am

    THE “CONSTITUTION 101” LESSONS CONTINUE ……

    President Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination

    The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is a solemn responsibility that the President and the Senate share under the U.S. Constitution. It is not a political opportunity that reflects “left” or “right,” Democrat or Republican. It’s a serious obligation to make sure that an indisputably qualified person of integrity is nominated and confirmed to sit on the highest court in the land.
    .
    .
    The History

    The Supreme Court is too vital an institution to our democracy to be subjected to election-year brinkmanship. As the highest court in the nation, it shapes the very foundation of our laws and liberties. This process is not about the politics of Democrats or Republicans, but about the solemn responsibility that our Executive and Legislative branches share under the Constitution.

    Throughout history, members of both parties in Congress and in the White House have done their jobs so that the Judicial Branch can do its own. Failing to do so would be an unprecedented dereliction of duty.

    Here are the facts:

    ——————————————–

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/scotus

  5. 46 Linda
    February 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Good Grief.

    Quinnipiac Poll has Hillary losing to all GOP candidates and Bernie beating all of them.

    This country is ignorant.

    • 47 99ts
      February 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

      The polls are also nonsense – not disputing the ignorance is up front for all to see – with the b.s. coming out of the media the GOP candidates are seen as viable leaders – would not believe it if I wasn’t living through it.

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Please ignore all polls at this point, Linda. I remember when the polls us that Dukakis would defeat George H.W Bush and Kerry would defeat GWB. Hillary will win the vast majority of primaries on Super Tuesday. By the time Americans go to the polls in November, Bernie will be a distant memory.

    • February 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

      The polls Linda, the polls….

    • February 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Distract and Discourage…that’s the SOP.

      We survived it during the 2008 primaries as well as the 2008 and 2012 general elections… remember that the sampling demographics and size are questionable and poll questions are suspect.

    • February 18, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Q poll has always been an outlier. The last ABC-WaPo poll had just the opposite.

    • 52 Obama Grandmama
      February 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      To me the polls are just an outreach of the corporate world and GOP (funny my auto correct is trying to change GOP to GOO) trying to shape the race to make it easier to win. Polls influence voters to go along with the majority, the old jump on the bandwagon effect. Voter suppression, polling news, and media pushing candidates and creating competitive controversy, as well as pushing October surprise moves that are usually disqualifying lies that there is no time to discredit prior to the election along with gerrymandering districts, voter machine malfunctioning (usually shaving just enough off to not be noticed) in some states or districts, changing voter locations and shortening voting days and ease of voting all chip away at the Dem vote or discourage people from voting. Add them all together and they start to become insurmountable. We need to keep fighting, never let them discourage us to the point that their tactics work!

  6. February 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

    “I just don’t want the court politicized. And this would be the biggest politicization the court in history. And that is saying something, because there have been some other times that certainly would come close to matching this.

    “But, in all honesty, I just don’t want to see the court denigrated any further than it would be in this very caustic election year with the way things are going right now.”

    I don’t think he was kidding.

    According to Orrin Hatch, following the process outlined in the Constitution risks “politicizing” and “denigrating” the Supreme Court. But allowing rabid partisans to impose a year-long blockade, motivated by nothing but contempt for a democratically elected president, and leaving a Supreme Court vacancy in place for 11 months, would calm the political waters.

    In all honesty, I keep expecting Republicans to come up with better arguments. If this is the best the GOP can do, this dispute is only going to get uglier.

    • 54 desertflower
      February 18, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Fuck you, Orrin. Go take a nap. The only people seriously denigrating the Constitution are people like you. Go away.

      • 55 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        February 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

        THIS MAN DISGUSTS ME…THE LORD IS GOING TO RETURN AND BALANCE THE SCALES OF JUSTICE…I’M AFRAID ORRIN IS IN FOR SOME RUDE AWAKENINGS IN HIS PRIVILEGED LIFE!

    • 56 99ts
      February 18, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Appointing a new Justice is political??? The old GOP right to rule – as long as a RW bigot is appointed it is not political. Why do the media not call them out on these bigoted partisan statements. The 4th estate has given away its role. The “freedom of the press” is gone.

  7. 57 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2016 at 8:36 am

    THE “CONSTITUTION 101” LESSONS CONTINUE

    President Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination

    The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is a solemn responsibility that the President and the Senate share under the U.S. Constitution. It is not a political opportunity that reflects “left” or “right,” Democrat or Republican. It’s a serious obligation to make sure that an indisputably qualified person of integrity is nominated and confirmed to sit on the highest court in the land.
    .
    .
    The History

    The Supreme Court is too vital an institution to our democracy to be subjected to election-year brinkmanship. As the highest court in the nation, it shapes the very foundation of our laws and liberties. This process is not about the politics of Democrats or Republicans, but about the solemn responsibility that our Executive and Legislative branches share under the Constitution.

    Throughout history, members of both parties in Congress and in the White House have done their jobs so that the Judicial Branch can do its own. Failing to do so would be an unprecedented dereliction of duty.

    Here are the facts:

    ————————————–

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/scotus

    • 58 desertflower
      February 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

      It pains me that this even has to be posted or discussed. People are so ignorant of the way that our govt. works….the ones that are MOST ignorant, are the ones walking around with the pocket Constitutions with the parts they don’t like blacked out. The same ones that think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court….the same ones that can’t name the remaining justices on the Court now! smdh

      • February 18, 2016 at 9:37 am

        i am beginning to think that not making Civics a part of the curriculum is a way to keep citizens ignorant of their government…i would consider myself to be a savvy person …but i did not know how intricate the Senate rules were…i never paid this close attention to the government as i have since Barack Obama was in the WH….

        truly amazing how ignorant we are as citizens about how government works

    • 60 Obama Grandmama
      February 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      The Constitution says the President “shall” nominate the Supreme Court judges, not “could or might”.

  8. February 18, 2016 at 8:36 am

    The Obama Effect continues…

  9. February 18, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Candidates are attaching themselves to deranged individuals such as this and want to be POTUS/CIC?!?!?!?!?!

  10. 72 desertflower
    February 18, 2016 at 8:43 am

    • February 18, 2016 at 8:45 am

      • 74 jackiegrumbacher
        February 18, 2016 at 8:54 am

        If it were a Republican president with this kind of record, the media would be blazing the news in gigantic headlines and it would e the lead story on every newscast. A Democratic president has to fight against a tide of bias on all fronts.

        • 76 Obama Grandmama
          February 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm

          What is amazing to me is how gullible people are. Obama saved us from a depression, saved the auto industry, cut the deficit by more than half, got Osama Bin Laden, got people healthcare options, got us to the lowest unemployment numbers in years, curbed the nuclear worry with Iran, opened up relations with China, got other countries to join us in fighting ISSIL and I could go on and on. Instead they fall for the Make America Great Again line and the lies that say the opposite of what has happened.
          Whatever happened to people not wanting the “rich” to be able to buy elections? Trump may not be be holding to special interest groups for money, but he is his very own special interest group buying his own favors. How can he not have conflicts of interest with his many business holdings in the world if he was President? OMG any GOP candidate as they basically have the same agenda or Sanders who would destroy all that Obama did through arrogance or ignorance limit our choice to Hillary who is being smeared as an establishment candidate. I never saw myself as a Hillary supporter in the past, but I am for keeping all of Obama’s political achievements so Hillary it is.

  11. February 18, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Good morning TOD folks. I can only come here for sanity. I am baffled by everything that’s happened in these primaries and the media.

  12. February 18, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

  13. February 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Early voting has started in (at least some) Super Tuesday states, but [GOP] states seem to be whispering this rather than loudly announcing it.

  14. February 18, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Remembering #Maidan

  15. 96 desertflower
    February 18, 2016 at 8:56 am

  16. February 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Good MOrning, Everyone 🙂

  17. 103 desertflower
    February 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

  18. 104 forus50
    February 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    WOOHOO!! AT 11:15! POTUS is going to have some fun with his hometown team!!

  19. February 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Jeb Bush confronted like never before by worried supporters
    By Ed O’Keefe February 17 at 4:44 PM

    SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — He’s stuck in the polls and just lost a major endorsement. And now voters are in open panic about the fate of Jeb Bush.

    The Republican presidential candidate was barraged by conflicting advice from supporters increasingly distressed by the rise of GOP front-runner Donald Trump and that the former Florida governor’s campaign has stalled.

    One guy urged him to talk more about his compassion. Another told him to take Trump’s attacks on the chin and stay substantive. A third man urged him to work harder to spread the word nationally.

    Never before had Bush faced supporters so annoyed and worried about his fate. They quickly turned a campaign rally on a country club gazebo here into an open campaign strategy session — with dozens of reporters watching.

    Adding to the awkwardness, the advice started flying just minutes after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced plans to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for the GOP nomination. It was a major blow to Bush, who personally likes Haley, campaigned for her and has helped develop her education policy. Bush was so eager to win her support that he deployed his brother, former president George W. Bush, to meet with Haley on Monday.

  20. February 18, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Students And Veterans Turned Away From The Polls Under Wisconsin’s New Voter ID Law
    BY ALICE OLLSTEIN
    FEB 17, 2016 4:51 PM

    Wisconsin’s local primary election put the state’s new voter ID law to the test Tuesday, causing problems that left officials seriously concerned about how voters will be impacted this November.
    The election decided several mayoral contests and helped conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley clear a key hurdle to maintaining her seat on the state’s powerful Supreme Court.
    The law will be in place again for the presidential primary on April 5, which is likely to see greater voter turnout. But even in Tuesday’s local election, issues with ID arose.

    • February 18, 2016 at 9:44 am

      This is the legacy of Court decisions….that is why elections matters…it matters who gets to appoint judges…it matters who sits in the State Houses…ELECTIONSSSSSSSSSSS MATTER!!!!!!!

      it is truly amazing to me…why VOTER Suppression is not a major issue for the DEM Party…

  21. February 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Parents complain at Illinois high school choir singing Glory from the film Selma
    The Oscar and Grammy-winning song by Common and John Legend has aroused the ire of parents who claim it is one-sided against US police

    Parents in Illinois are outraged after students in Chatham-Glenwood high school’s choir decided to perform the theme song from the film Selma at its upcoming concert.

    The song, Glory, was featured in the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr biopic and has won an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe for its performers John Legend and Common, who co-wrote the song with Che “Rhymefest” Smith.

    The song choice has upset several parents and community members, high school principal Jim Lee told the Guardian. Lee said he has received about 15 phone calls and emails from adults complaining that the song is offensive and disrespectful to law enforcement.

  22. February 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

  23. February 18, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Well, DUH!

    Like I said…folks thought just because we didn’t speak up everytime they insulted this President that we weren’t noticing. We have a ledger, and we notated ALL.

    ……………………….

    Blacks See Bias in Delay on a Scalia Successor

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN and JONATHAN MARTIN

    FEBRUARY 17, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — As he left Martha Lou’s Kitchen, a soul food institution here on Wednesday, Edward Gadsden expressed irritation about the Republican determination to block President Obama from selecting Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court.

    “They’ve been fighting that man since he’s been there,” Mr. Gadsden, who is African-American, said of Mr. Obama, before pointing at his forearm to explain what he said was driving the Republican opposition: “The color of his skin, that’s all, the color of his skin.”

    When Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said after Mr. Scalia’s death on Saturday that the next president, rather than Mr. Obama, should select a successor, the senator’s words struck a familiar and painful chord with many black voters.

    After years of watching political opponents question the president’s birthplace and his faith, and hearing a member of Congress shout “You lie!” at him from the House floor, some African-Americans saw the move by Senate Republicans as another attempt to deny the legitimacy of the country’s first black president. And they call it increasingly infuriating after Mr. Obama has spent seven years in the White House and won two resounding election victories.

  24. February 18, 2016 at 9:15 am

    hmmm

    …………..

    Annals of Wealth
    FEBRUARY 22, 2016 ISSUE

    The Golden Generation
    Why China’s super-rich send their children abroad.
    BY JIAYANG FAN

    ……………………….

    The West is the plan for many of China’s new rich. In the past decade, they have swept into cities like New York, London, and Los Angeles, snapping up real estate and provoking anxieties about inequality and globalized wealth. Rich Chinese have become a fixture in the public imagination, the way rich Russians were in the nineteen-nineties and rich people from the Gulf states were in the decades before that. The Chinese presence in Vancouver is particularly pronounced, thanks to the city’s position on the Pacific Rim, its pleasant climate, and its easy pace of life. China’s newly minted millionaires see the city as a haven in which to place not only their money but, increasingly, their offspring, who come there to get an education, to start businesses, and to socialize.

    The children of wealthy Chinese are known as fuerdai, which means “rich second generation.” In a culture where poverty and thrift were long the norm, their extravagances have become notorious. Last year, the son of China’s richest man posted pictures online of his dog wearing two gold-plated Apple Watches, one on each front paw. On Web forums, citizens complain that fuerdai are “flaunting what they haven’t earned” and that “their grotesque displays are a poison to the work ethic of Chinese society.” President Xi Jinping has spoken of the need to “guide the younger generation of private-enterprise owners to think where their money comes from and live a positive life,” and the government recently held an educational retreat for seventy children of billionaires, who were given a crash course in traditional Chinese values and social responsibility.

  25. February 18, 2016 at 9:21 am

  26. February 18, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Yeah, we’ll see.

    …………………………………………………….

    New York Schools Wonder: How White Is Too White?

    By KYLE SPENCER
    FEB. 16, 2016

    How white is too white? At the Academy of Arts and Letters, a small K-8 school in Brooklyn founded in 2006 to educate a community of “diverse individuals,” that question is being put to the test.

    The school — along with six others in New York City — is part of a new Education Department initiative aimed at maintaining a racial and socioeconomic balance at schools in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods. For the first time the department is allowing a group of principals to set aside a percentage of seats for low-income families, English-language learners or students engaged with the child welfare system as a means of creating greater diversity within their schools.

    The continuing segregation of American schools — and the accompanying achievement gap between white, middle-class students and poorer minority children — has become an urgent matter of debate among educators and at all levels of government. Last week, President Obama lent his weight to the issue when he included in his budget a $120 million grant program for school integration aimed at de-concentrating poverty.

  27. February 18, 2016 at 9:23 am

  28. February 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

    So sad….all this wasted potential….

    ………………………..

    CDC investigates why so many students in wealthy Palo Alto, Calif., commit suicide

    In Palo Alto, Calif., the shrill horn of incoming trains bring a constant reminder of young lives lost too soon. In the past seven years, several teenagers have stepped in front of Caltrains in the Silicon Valley city, where the adolescent suicide rate has soared to five times the national average.

    It was in this way that a bright, popular, goofy kid named Cameron Lee ended his life in November 2014. By then, his classmates at Henry M. Gunn High School were all too accustomed to this sort of inexplicable tragedy. They hailed, after all, from a part of the country that had become known for its affluence, technical ingenuity and the number of kids that had been pushed to the brink.
    ……………………………….

    Over the course of nine months in 2009 and 2010, six Palo Alto teenagers committed suicide. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 20 children and young adults killed themselves annually in Santa Clara County, where Palo Alto is located.

  29. February 18, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville.

    Sooooooo excited for PBO to travel to Cuba!!

  30. February 18, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I think this is outrageous

    …………………

    California Student Information Released to Nonprofit

    Information about millions of students will be released to the Concerned Parents Association

    By Consumer Bob
    ………………………….

    The nonprofit said it needs the information to see if California schools are violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other related laws. The database it will have access to includes all information on children, kindergarten through high school, who are attending or have attended a California school at any time since Jan. 1, 2008.

    The database contain students’ names, social security numbers, home addresses, course information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, mental health and medical information, along with suspensions, expulsions and more.

  31. February 18, 2016 at 9:29 am

  32. February 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Is it cynical of me to just see this as an instance of

    ‘ one born every minute.’

    ……………………………..

    The ‘Uber for friends’ plans to save millennials from loneliness
    By Caitlin Dewey
    February 10

    Clay Kohut’s pitch for his new app, Ameego, is so absurd that it’s best to let him deliver it.

    “With Uber, you rent a stranger’s car,” he begins.

    “With Airbnb, you rent a stranger’s home.” Mhmm.

    “With Ameego … you rent a stranger!” What?

    “It’s a logical progression,” he reassures.

  33. February 18, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Cuba…Vietnam….

    Is it too much to hope for that before his term is up he goes to Iran?

    …………………………………….

    Obama to visit Vietnam in May: White House

    RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF.

    U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in May during a trip to Asia, a White House official said on Monday.

  34. February 18, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Tony Blinken was on Charlie Rose last night for the full hour and he was brilliant. He covered the entire ME, Russia, North Korea, China. Spoke authoritatively and eloquently about all the issues PBO and his staff face on a daily basis. Engaged on all the details and thorough, a real star. I’ll post the video when it becomes available.

  35. February 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

    two new GOP Polls:

    latest Monmouth University poll, which has the primary shaping up this way: (done completely after the last debate)

    1. Donald Trump: 35%

    2. Ted Cruz: 19%

    3. Marco Rubio: 17%

    4. John Kasich: 9%

    5. Jeb Bush: 8%

    6. Ben Carson: 7%

    These results came just a few hours before the release of the latest Bloomberg Politics poll. (done partially after the last debate)

    1. Donald Trump: 36%

    2. Ted Cruz: 17%

    3. Marco Rubio: 15%

    4. Jeb Bush: 13%

    5. Ben Carson: 9%

    6. John Kasich: 7%

  36. February 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

    • February 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

      although there is good info in this article…i do not like the byline for this article….the Press just can’t help themselves their racism just oozes out of them

      • 128 Sandy1110
        February 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

        “White dudes”?

        What an unprofessional shout-out to the angry white male demographic to ratchet up the anger. They’re going to push a lot of these guys to Trump, and will do what they can to make sure he runs against Sanders FTW.

  37. February 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

  38. February 18, 2016 at 10:04 am

    And this is a problem because?

  39. 132 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    February 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

    HAVE TO GO TODAY FOR AWHILE AND TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS….BBL…HAVE A BLESSED DAY EVERYONE!

  40. February 18, 2016 at 10:12 am

    They wanna do this..go ahead..folks are ready and not having this foolishness.

    …………….

    Political Animal Blog

    February 18, 2016 10:00 AM

    The Last Stand of the Insurgency

    By Nancy LeTourneau

    Conservative groups are lining up to get behind Majority Leader McConnell’s stand to obstruct ANY nominee President Obama puts forward to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Hugh Hewitt echoes the sentiment in a column titled: No hearings. No votes.

  41. February 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Hold up…
    FLOTUS is going with POTUS to Cuba?

    Hey now!!!!

    The reception will be OFF THE CHAIN!

    • 139 hopefruit2
      February 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

      WOW!!! FLOTUS accompanying him makes the trip even better 🙂

      Oh and btw, I see that Cuba is now the #1 trend on Twitter…

  42. 140 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2016 at 10:27 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, and congrats swbluega on #1! 🙂 Happy Thursday to everyone 🙂

  43. February 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

  44. February 18, 2016 at 10:43 am

  45. 145 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

  46. February 18, 2016 at 10:59 am
  47. 147 Allison
    February 18, 2016 at 11:13 am

  48. February 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • February 18, 2016 at 11:20 am

      “Maine Governor Claims Immigrants Seeking Asylum Are Bringing In ‘Foreign Diseases’”

      “Asylum seekers — I think the biggest problem in our state — and I’ll explain that to you,” the Tea Party governor said during a standing-room-only town hall meeting, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. “And what happens is you get hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the ‘ziki fly,’ all these other foreign type of diseases that find a way to our land.”

      The crowd responded to LePage’s remarks with jeers of “Shame. Shame.”

      The ‘ziki fly’ does not actually exist…

  49. February 18, 2016 at 11:23 am


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