The Week Ahead

On This Day: President Barack Obama warms up before playing a basketball game at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President will attend meetings at the White House.



Welcomes the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies women’s basketball team to honor the team and their 2016 NCAA Championship.


Wednesday and Thursday

Attends meetings at the White House.



Hosts the President of Finland and the Prime Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland at the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit.

In the evening, the President and the First Lady will host the Nordic leaders for a State Dinner.



The President will travel to Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus to address 2016 graduates at Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary commencement ceremony.



On This Day: President Barack Obama stops to talk with families after playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

112 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 18 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 11:55 am


  2. 33 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) primary challenger ratcheted up his attacks on Monday, slamming the speaker of the House for his lack of business sense and experience necessary to hold a prominent leadership position in the United States government.

    “I went from being a maintenance mechanic in a factory at 18 years old to running businesses. I ran that business, I ran businesses all over the U.S. I was in charge of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a Fortune 500 company,” Paul Nehlen told Laura Ingraham on her radio show.

    He added, “Paul Ryan went from driving the Wienermobile in Wisconsin to Congress. That’s what you’re dealing with here.”


    can’t wait for the big casualty of donnie derp effect.

  3. 34 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    The world’s most polite country.

    It’s so well mannered that even the toilet seat stands to attention when you enter the bathroom.


    • 35 GGail
      May 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      amk, are we talking about this Japan????
      “Japan intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan planned in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. Over the next seven hours there were coordinated Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines, Guam and Wake Island and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong.[13]”

      Image makeover or what

      • 36 amk for obama
        May 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm

        pols. peeps. big diff. I have worked with toshiba, fuji for over a decade. very, very polite and very, very prompt. during dumbya’s eyerack war, we were working with toshiba in kuwait. though the company had their own chartered plane to evacuate their own people, they made sure we also got into that plane, took us to tokyo and bought us flight tickets from tokyo to india.

        • 37 amk for obama
          May 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm

          and the worst company to work with? G effing E. Once was enough for me.

          • May 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

            Very interesting experiences, amk.

            • 39 amk for obama
              May 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm

              Yup. My company people love working with the Japanese. We have done over 20 projects with them in ME, Africa and Malaysia and their attention to every minute detail and hour by hour planning has been an eye opener for us.

              • May 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm

                Fabulous. I LOVE working with people like that. YAY, details.

                • 41 amk for obama
                  May 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

                  Me too. My dad’s mantra – if you got 10 hours to do a job, plan well for 9 hours and do it in 1 hour, not the other way around.

                  • May 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm

                    Good advice. I’m incapable of procrastinating. Really helped me do well at my University and all my analyst jobs.

                    I also got some great advice from a producer on a TV food show I staffed: never give them all you’ve got on the first round. IOW, be doubly prepared so when they ask for a dupe, you’ve already got it taken care of.

                    • May 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

                      OMG Meta, why can’t I be you? I’m incapable of not procrastinating.

                    • May 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

                      I honestly don’t know where it comes from, but if I’m given an assignment, I just want to dig in and do it!!

                    • 45 arapaho415
                      May 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

                      Wow, deep bow to Meta.

                      Wish you could bottle some of your “incapable of procrastinating” essence.

                      Would snap it up in an instant, kudos to you!

      • 46 arapaho415
        May 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm

        GM GGail.

        War action/motivation completely different than a country’s culture, which is what this article describes.

        If you’re interested in understanding Japanese culture, recommend “Learning to Bow” by Bruce Feiler written 25 years ago.

        An island nation under constant threat from Mother Nature (#tsunamis #earthquakes are foundations for Japanese culture) and mainland Asia, Japan’s culture relies on cohesion and cooperation — “united we stand, divided we fall” mentality.

        Before WWII, Japan was desperate for fossil fuels for energy production… don’t know anything about Japanese motivation for Pearl Harbor, but remember that they are a tiny island(s) nation with few natural resources and were under constant assault by Mother Nature and mainland Asia.

    • 47 arapaho415
      May 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks, amk for link!

  4. May 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm


  5. 50 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    New global rules forcing companies to report taxable activities country-by-country publicly have been called for by a group of 300 prominent economists.

    In a letter to world leaders, the group urges the UK to “take a lead” in the push for more tax transparency.

    Poor countries are the biggest losers from tax havens, they claim.

    The letter’s signatories, co-ordinated by charity Oxfam, include best-selling author Thomas Piketty and 2015 Nobel Prize economics winner Angus Deaton.

    The letter comes ahead of the UK government’s anti-corruption summit on Thursday, which politicians from 40 countries as well as World Bank and IMF representatives are expected to attend.

    The economists – who include almost 50 professors from British universities – argue the UK’s position as summit host as well as its sovereignty over what it says is a third of the world’s tax havens makes it “uniquely placed” to take the lead.


    • 51 amk for obama
      May 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      One of the signatories, the economist Dr Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge, told the BBC that he signed the letter because he shared “the view that tax havens serve no useful purpose”.

      Dr Chang said: “These tax havens basically allow companies and certain individuals to free-ride on the rest of humanity.

      “These companies and people make money in one country by using workers educated with public money, using roads, ports and other infrastructure paid for by the taxpayers of that country and moving the money to another country in a shell company which doesn’t really do any business there.”


      remember kenyan’s you didn’t build that? #rippleffect

    • 52 Judith Fardig
      May 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm


  6. 53 vcprezofan2
    May 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I tend to forget that Nancy is at Washington Monthly so I periodically wander over to Horizons then get disappointed that there’s nothing ‘new’.

    Thanks for the reminder, Desertf. 🙂 Here’s a good and relevant post I missed. Go check it in its entirety.

    // ……………

    As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently said:

    “Certainly by providing individuals coming out of institutions with ways to become productive citizens, we reduce recidivism,” Lynch tells NPR in an interview. “What that means is we reduce crime. There are fewer victims when individuals have options — when they have job skills, when they have life skills, we break the cycle of children following their parents into institutions.”

    That is why the Obama administration, under the leadership of AG Lynch, has launched the Roadmap to Reentry based on these five principles:

    Principle II: While incarcerated, each inmate should be provided education, employment training, life skills, substance abuse, mental health, and other programs that target their criminogenic needs and maximize their likelihood of success upon release.

    Principle III: While incarcerated, each inmate should be provided the resources and opportunity to build and maintain family relationships, strengthening the support system available to them upon release.

    Because so many of these reforms depend on action at the state level, AG Lynch has been touring the country and visiting prisons to promote them. This is more than simply PR. It is a direct attempt to change the narrative about the role and function of prisons. For those who have claimed that this administration doesn’t make enough use of the so-called “bully pulpit”…there you have it. This is how it’s done.


  7. May 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  8. 55 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm

  9. 56 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Paul Ryan on Monday said he’d step down as the chairman of the GOP presidential convention if Donald Trump asks him to, amid escalating tensions between the two men following the Speaker’s decision to withhold support for the presumptive nominee.

    The Wisconsin Republican told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that he would step down should the New York billionaire make that request. Ryan is doing a round of local press in his home state Monday morning.

    Ryan’s office confirmed the report.


    love the cage fight.

    • 57 99ts
      May 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      ALL about Ryan – wants to be seen as the “sane republican” – begged to be the nominee as he was to become leader of the house. No different to Trump – self self and self.

  10. May 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Tick Tock

    • 59 99ts
      May 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      As noted above – every last GOP politician is about self. They care not for anyone else – certainly not the people they are elected to represent – and then they blame the President and the media NEVER calls them out.

  11. May 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm

  12. 63 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    The impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been thrown into doubt.

    The acting Speaker of Brazil’s lower house, Waldir Maranhao, has annulled a vote in the lower house on 17 April that allowed the proceedings to go on to the Senate.

    The Senate was scheduled to vote on whether to start an impeachment trial on Wednesday.

    It is not currently clear if that vote will now happen.

    Mr Maranhao said there had been irregularities during the lower house session in which its members voted in favour of the impeachment process going ahead.


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  16. 68 amk for obama
    May 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    with that nice image, gunnite.

  17. 71 GGail
    May 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I’m touched by those of you who’ve lit a candle for Steve

    Collective positive thinking is powerful ❤

  18. May 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  19. May 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I see that the women NCAA Connecticut champs will be at the White House tomorrow. When the men NCAA champs Villanova comes to the White House, I will not be watching it. Nova defeated my N.C. Tarheels and I don’t want to see them, even with POTUS..

  20. 80 JER
    May 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    LIVE NOW: Hillary Clinton in Stone Ridge, VA – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  21. May 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Happy Monday West Coast morning, fellow Obama sycophants!

  22. May 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I’m a bit late for this, but may I present to you the latest addition to the LL family: Meg.

  23. May 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Reminder that Steve should be in surgery now…….or soon. It’s 3 p.m. EST. Lit my candle this morning.

    • 94 GGail
      May 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm


      This will hopefully be Steve’s final surgery. Sending mighty positive thoughts and prayers to them both.

  24. 95 Anjo
    May 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Nice to see LL and Meg welcome to the neighborhood Meg

  25. May 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    This baby is just getting started ….

    …. lots of folk gonna be scrambling for quite awhile …. and I imagine the Treasury Dept/IRS already have their nets in place 🙂

  26. 99 57andfemale
    May 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Today may be the day I finally block effing David Sirota. I have loathed him for years, but I still read him on twitter because I don’t want to put myself in a bubble, no matter how friendly it is. This is his description of Barney Frank: ” REVEALED: Dems just installed an anti-Sanders Wall St banker to oversee the party’s 2016 platform”. Good grief.

  27. May 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    • May 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Heard what this piece of crap Governor here in N.C. did. once again I hope people see how important voting is, that Republican led legislation and Governor.

  28. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  29. May 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    WOW, AG Lynch is truly PHENOMENAL.

  30. 106 kid kanga
    May 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Just in case anyone was worried what the ultra rich would do after MN raised their taxes, here’s the answer: Nothing.

    They didn’t move out, and wont move out. They love and appreciate the same services and well run state features we all enjoy, go figure huh??


  31. 107 Ann_T
    May 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Loretta Lynch was on point today. Love her. I wish young girls would look at her as a role model than the Kardashians.

  32. 109 JER
    May 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    President Barack Obama greets former NBA player Thurl Bailey (L) and his fellow members of the 1983 NCAA championship North Carolina State men’s basketball team at the White House May 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama honored the Wolfpack’s historic win at the White House 33 years after their national victory. The team was previously unable to visit the White House to be recognized for their championship.

  33. May 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Senator Reid is NOT HAVING IT

      May 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm


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