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  1. March 13, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    See ya later – if this post gets to 100 comments, could a BT post a new one? Thanks!

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Happy Sunday. It’s rain day here in PDX

  3. 6 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I looked for this issue of the Atlantic, but the old one was still on the newsstand.

  4. March 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    “MOSCOW — The obscure performance-enhancing drug that may have doomed tennis star Maria Sharapova’s career was developed for the Soviet military and used during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to maintain soldiers’ focus under stress, according to the drug’s inventor. Sharapova announced Monday that she tested positive at the Australian Open for meldonium, which has been banned in competition since Jan. 1. The drug, which is not approved for use in the United States, is used to treat heart disease and other chronic conditions in Russia and Eastern Europe — but it was first developed in the then Soviet republic of Latvia at the height of the Cold War as a military tool.

    What a long journey from the battle-scarred valleys of Afghanistan to the manicured courts of Wimbledon. Meldonium, also known as mildronate, “was invented in the Soviet era, when Ivars Kalviņš was studying mechanisms of stress on the body,” according to a 2009 article in the weekend supplement of Latvia’s Diena newspaper. “His research results coincided with the authorities’ demand to create a medicine that enhances endurance and performance. So the medicine, first produced in small quantities in laboratories, became a part of a nearly everyday diet for [Soviet] soldiers – it was used by pilots and those who served on submarines, as well by those who took part in the [Soviet] war in Afghanistan,” Diena wrote….continued”

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      March 13, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Some editing needed here ….

      MOSCOW – The obscure performance-enhancing drug that ………tennis star Maria Sharapova ….[has been using … ALL these years to enhance her career] was developed for the Soviet military ….as a military tool. The drug, which is not approved for use in the United States, is used to treat heart disease and other chronic conditions in Russia and Eastern Europe — ….[ not to mention used under the radar to increase their athletes’ performances].

      By the time *they* are all finished explaining and rationalizing this story, they’ll have organizations/people apologizing to Sharapova for *her* dishonesty. IMO, Sharapova wanted “a medicine that enhances endurance and performance” which was not known in the US and she took it knowingly. It would be hard to convince me that international athletes (with their paid trainers ) who take drugs-steroids-whatever don’t do it knowingly.

  5. March 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Whether you agree with the author’s intro/perspective he has complied an eclectic group of songs, from around the world….many I had never heard before reading/listening to this NYMagazine piece:

    “It’s not as if I made some principled choice not to listen to it. It’s just that Beyoncé released “Formation” on a Saturday, and then performed it at the Super Bowl on Sunday, and as of Monday I hadn’t gotten around to it, for reasons that are incredibly uninteresting: I happened to have been doing other stuff, which seems as if it’s probably among my rights as an American. By then, though, the song had become such an intense focus of discussion at the digital water cooler — to the point where it felt difficult to turn on a computer without someone’s views about “Formation” and its various sociopolitical valences reaching out and grasping for your throat — that my not having heard it acquired some kind of political dimension. A decision had to be made. Either I needed to dutifully consume this object of conversation and develop an opinion about it or I needed to develop a defense of why I hadn’t yet done so. The point being: Here, for a moment, was music that actively dragooned me into paying attention to it, based not primarily on sound, performance or composition, but on the rolling snowball of perspectives, close readings and ideological disputes accreting around it. It’s songs that do this now; individual songs and mass opinion, working in tandem. This wasn’t always the case….

    ….So these days it’s the song, and the scale of the event surrounding it. One song, one digestible thing, with millions of people standing in a circle around it, pointing and shouting and writing about it, conducting one gigantic online undergraduate seminar about it, metabolizing it on roughly the same level that cable-news debate shows metabolize a political speech. This is an ever-greater share of the public life of music. A song like “Formation” isn’t set up as a story, or an interior monologue — it’s set up as Beyoncé, the public celebrity whose biography you already know, addressing the world, like an op-ed with drums….We’ve found a way to collect around the handful of songs we all have in common, yoke them with our opinions and make a (mostly) joyful noise. I don’t begrudge Beyoncé or the world one second of it. But it does throw into stark relief the things we have a much harder time talking about, at least with strangers: the way songs make us feel, the things we discover in them that aren’t already on other people’s minds, the obscure pleasures we’re willing to risk trying to explain from the darkness. The ever-larger private life of music. How do we talk about that?…continued”

  6. 11 desertflower
    March 13, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    They have no idea what it’s like to manage the world. Big understatement. Yuuuuuge! 🙂

  7. March 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Trumpism spreading:

    “German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a dramatic setback as voters backed rightwing populist forces in regional elections that are being seen as a referendum on her contentious refugee policies. The anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland party looked set to beat forecasts in all regions voting on Sunday — and score the biggest electoral success for the populist right since the rebirth of German democracy after the second world war. In Saxony-Anhalt it was on track to record the best regional result of any German populist rightwing party since 1945.

    The domestic setback comes as Ms Merkel is struggling abroad, battling to secure EU partners’ support for a controversial deal with Turkey to staunch the migrant inflows. According to exit polls, the AfD won 23 per cent of the vote in the depressed eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt, where the radical right has long been active. But it also exceeded expectations in wealthy western Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, scoring 12.5 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively. The AfD mobilised droves of former non-voters, boosting voter participation as high as 72 per cent, far above normal levels for regional polls — a sign of how deeply the refugee crisis is shaking German..continued”

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      This is not good news. A rightward shift in Germany could not occur at a worst time. It’s amazing what fear can do to people’s common sense.

      • 14 andogriff
        March 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm

        It’s worrying indeed, but partly understandable. Here in Cologne we had the horror of multiple women being sexually attacked and robbed on New Year’s Eve. Many people are feeling threatened by the sudden enormous increase of refugees in the country. There has been a rise in house theft and street robberies….although most refugees are happy and grateful to be here, the few exceptions are ruining it all for the vast majority. I hope this election does not drastically change Angela Merkel’s refugee policies.

      • March 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

        i think that the powers that seek to enslave….never give up…they lay in wait for the opportune moment…when folks vigilance are at their weakest….and then they pounce…all the rhetoric of the RW is the same….they use fear and hatred of the other to control and gain power…even in a place like Germany….History can repeat itself…

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      There’s a lot of sisterly love in that photo, evidence of the warm affection that exists in the whole family. I think Sasha will miss Malia almost as much as our President will when she goes to college.

  8. 18 Roberta in MN
    March 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Oh, to know what she was talking about. 🙂

  9. 19 Roberta in MN
    March 13, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD. Been kind of lurking and reading. Can’t take too much of the shyte that is going on in the news. Need the down time. BBL. (((hugs))) to you all and have a great Sunday.

  10. March 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Another Hillary Scandal: For Profit Colleges
    by Steven D
    Sun Mar 13th, 2016 at 01:44:55 PM EST

    The for profit college industry is one of the worst scams going, at least if you are one of their students. They have a much lower graduation rate than traditional colleges, and an absurdly high number of their students rely on student loans to fund their education. On average, tuition costs are much more expensive. Many are rife with fraud and deceptive business practices. Their business model relies heavily on federal funding, and many exploit veterans and low income students.
    Candidate Hillary Clinton has stated repeatedly on the stump that she will crack down on these for profit higher educational scam artists. However, not so long ago, she was much less concerned about the for profit college industry. In fact, she actively favored one particular for profit college while she was Secretary of State, Laureate International Universities:

    [In 2009] Clinton wrote in an email to a top aide that she wanted to add Laureate Education to the guest list for the event. Describing Laureate as “the fastest growing college network in the world,” Clinton said the company was “started by Doug Becker who Bill likes a lot.”
    “It’s a for-profit model that should be represented,” she added in the August 2009 email. A senior vice president at Laureate was added to the guest list, a separate email shows.

    Former President Bill Clinton several months later became an honorary chancellor for Laureate International Universities, a role for which he was paid $16.5 million between 2010 and 2014. Clinton stepped down from the position earlier this year.

  11. March 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Good interview video, given the short length. Seems like Jeffrey Goldberg is smart enough to understand in large part what our President spoke about foreign policy.

  12. 23 Obama Grandmama
    March 13, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    NPR had an article this morning about trade and how it relates to current political views that it is the problem with the inequality in income we face. Some candidates are saying we need tariffs and why that is not the answer. I only heard part of the article so plan to see if I can find it to read.

  13. March 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Also H/T Meta for this awesome Q&A from Oxford:

    • March 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Read this….it is annotated/transcribed from his Texas speeches.

      Includes link of a David Remnick column: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/03/14/behind-the-trump-phenomenon

      ….Trump “the beneficiary of a long process of Republican intellectual decadence.” “Paul Ryan denounces Trump but not the Tea Party rhetoric that propelled his own political ascent,” he writes. “John McCain holds Trump in contempt, but selected as his running mate Sarah Palin, the Know-Nothing of Wasilla, one of Trump’s most vivid forerunners and supporters. Mitt Romney last week righteously slammed Trump as a ‘phony’ and a misogynist, and yet in 2012 he embraced Trump’s endorsement and praised his ‘extraordinary’ understanding of economics.”

  14. March 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    The entire House GOP owns Trump now…smh

  15. 32 desertflower
    March 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

  16. 33 desertflower
    March 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm


    A new national Public Policy Polling survey finds Americans want President Obama to be able to appoint Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court- and they really don’t want any of the Republican front runners for President making the call.

    • 34 desertflower
      March 13, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      This continues to look like an issue that has the potential to hurt Senate Republicans nationally this year. By a 19 point margin voters say they’re less likely to vote for a Senator who refuses to consider a nominee to the Supreme Court this year, with only 31% saying they’re more likely to vote for someone who takes that stance compared to 50% who say they’re less likely to. Independents would vote against a Senator with that position by a 16 point spread. This issue is just reinforcing the already awful brand of Senate Republicans nationally. Just 10% of voters in the country approve of the job Mitch McConnell is doing, to 59% who disapprove. His unpopularity is a liability for members of his caucus hoping to be reelected this year, and the approach he’s taking on this issue is just making the problem worse.

    • 35 susanne
      March 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      from the article:

      ‘ Americans have so little faith in Donald Trump to make a decision of this magnitude that they would prefer a celebrity do it. By a 47/35 spread they would prefer Tom Hanks make the Supreme Court choice, and 45/35 they’d prefer Peyton Manning do it. The news isn’t all bad for Trump on that front though- he does manage to tie Taylor Swift 40/40 on the question of who’s more qualified to put forward a Supreme Court nominee, and he even edges out Mickey Mouse by a narrow 43/39 spread. ‘

      cracks me up 🙂

  17. March 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  18. 37 desertflower
    March 13, 2016 at 6:33 pm


    The establishment Republican ideology prioritizes capital above all else. For them, the market does not exist to serve people: people exist to serve the market. Unregulated capitalism can never fail; it can only be failed by those too lazy, useless and unproductive to serve and profit by it. It is a totalizing ideology as impractical as state communism but lacking the silver lining of its species-being idealism; as impervious to reason as any cult religion, but lacking the promise of community, salvation or utopia; as brutal as any dictatorship, but without the advantage of order and security. Worst of all, it blames its victims for its failure to provide solutions to their needs.

    When those victims were mostly the underclasses and communities of color, establishment Republicans had no difficulty tapping into racist prejudices to excuse the failure of the unregulated market to adequately serve the needs of the whole population. But now that large numbers of previously comfortably employed white communities have been abandoned to the ravages of deindustrialization, automation and globalization, racism and prejudice alone no longer suffice. The communities left behind have found a new savior in a man who promises to give them all their jobs back and make America great again. The establishment has been left flat-footed in response, unable to win an all-out multi-front war against a reality-show buffoon.

  19. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2016 at 6:33 pm

  20. 42 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2016 at 7:09 pm

  21. March 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

  22. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    March 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    • 47 Don
      March 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Oh no, her intentions were very clear. And besides, I think the Obamas can afford gowns for their daughters, furthermore, the gowns were on loan. So no, concerned lady, your intentions were transparent.

    • March 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      NW she wasn’t fooling anyone, we knew exactly what her intent was. Funny when the Obama girls wear something from J Crew she wasn’t tweeting to other Mothers about cost.

  23. March 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm

  24. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    March 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    If you’re near a TV, run to it because Lifetime is airing a fabulous adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There None.

    Lifetime has been working with BBC to bring great stories to life and so far so good.

  25. March 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Another Town Hall on CNN…first Bernie and then Hillary

  26. March 13, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    What if i told you…..

  27. March 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    • 62 nospin
      March 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      that is a bullshit statement. Protesting Trump is bigger than just a frigging election. It is critical in making it clear to everyone in US and globally that racism will not be tolerated.

      moronic self absorbed statement. Makes it all about her.

      somehow not surprising at all.

      • March 15, 2016 at 8:53 am

        this is not a BS statement…because as Congressman Lewis the VOTE is the most powerful non violent tool that we have…that the vote is precious almost sacred….the vote is an important tool to achieving political power….change laws and as PBO says…move towards a more Perfect Union

  28. March 13, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  29. 65 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Good Evening TODVille!

    Happy Sunday or what’s left of it.

  30. 66 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  31. March 13, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    What a dumb, dishonest little weasel. She knows damn well what her intentions were – to elicit criticisms of the First Family’s values. You don’t start a “mom” conversation on “costs” of everyday items by targeting children of elected officials/dignitaries at formal events.

    • March 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      All she wanted was to hear from those right wing Obama haters, and those Obama haters progressives.

    • March 14, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Well said, Hopefruit! She knew exactly what she was doing: incite more hatred of President Obama and his family. As is the case with small-minded petty people, She went after the Presiden’t chilldren. Her ultimate goal , however, was to humiliate POTUS and FLOTUS!

  32. 70 99ts
    March 13, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    So I rarely – not quite never – watch morning TV. Today on vacation, waiting for the laundry to finish I turned it on – CHUCK & DONALD!!!!! Cannot believe they are shown in Australia – ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    • 71 MightyPamela
      March 13, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Sad to hear 99ts, as I suspect it may mean the dumbing down of Australians by showing how mean spirited and ugly-American they can be, and it will all be alright and acceptable. If it’s on teevee, it must be true, right? Big hug

      • 72 99ts
        March 14, 2016 at 1:05 am

        We are getting way too Americanised mighty P – picking up all the negatives – few of the positives. Hugs to you too. I was so looking forward to your new news – did it fizzle?

  33. 73 Dudette
    March 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm

  34. 77 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

  35. March 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Congratulations to U. of Oregon men and women’s track team, and to their coach Robert Johnson on their victory in the national indoor track championship at Birmingham, Alabama. Go ducks!

  36. 80 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 9:02 pm

  37. 81 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm

  38. 84 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm

  39. 85 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  40. 86 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 9:18 pm

  41. 87 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    HRC was able to come out of that difficult situation and question re: death penalty from a man who escaped execution, unjustly condemned. I applaud her. But that was a tough one.

  42. 91 amk for obama
    March 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    A Palestinian teacher has won a $1m (£707,000) global teaching prize – with the award announced in a video message by Pope Francis.

    Hanan Al Hroub grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp and now is a teacher of refugees herself.

    She specialises in supporting children who have been traumatised by violence.

    The winner was announced at an awards ceremony in Dubai, with a video message of congratulation sent by Prince William.

    Pope Francis sent a message saying that teachers were “the builders of peace and unity”.

    Ms Al Hroub told the audience that “teachers could change the world”.

    Growing up in a refugee camp near Bethlehem, Ms Al Hroub now works with refugee pupils, with an approach using play that is aimed at resolving violence and tension.

    “I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage,” she said after receiving the award.

    She says she will spend the prize money on supporting her students.


    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Great news and terrific that she will use the prize money to help her students. I hope her story brings attention to condition of children trying to learn in refugee camps.

    • 93 Dudette
      March 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      This is fantastic!

  43. 94 amk for obama
    March 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    look at teann’s deliberate wordings. presidential. hopeful. neither of which this racist punk is.

  44. March 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Good question. Very good answer.

  45. 96 amk for obama
    March 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    • March 14, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Exactly! The racists — i,e. White supremacists– are so good at projection! They all blaming President Obama of having the audacity to run for President, and for being elected and re-elected President. According to white right wing racists, if Barack Obama had not been elected President, and then proceeded to act as President while black, there would be no divisiviness in American politics.

  46. March 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    This is what we all know and what will become absolutely evident in the general:

  47. 99 Obama Grandmama
    March 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Just checked out the economic trade article on NPR this morning March 13. It talks about both Bernie and The Donald blaming our woes on the trade deals and why it would not have been better if we had not had it. Also why trade tariffs are not the answer. Sorry I do not know how to repost it. Maybe someone here will do that if they think it is worthwhile.

  48. March 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm


    Jim’s not play’n …..

  49. 101 Dudette
    March 13, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Can I brag on my fellas just little bit?

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