President Obama and PM Cameron hold a press conference in the Rose Garden
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron share a laugh as Vice President Joe Biden gives a toast during a lunch hosted at the State Department
Good day TOD
That’s some roll you’re on Elle!!!
I insist on a pic of my own too Chips. Elle crossed me
Oh, go on then Zizi:
Thanks Chips. You’re a Darling
WTF??????? I call foul play Chips. Elle has been #1 three times in a row. Are you colluding with her?
You know UT, I’m beginning to wonder myself if I’m colluding with Elle, she has almost as many firsts now as Newt has thirds!
Today must be my lucky day! Hopefully this luck will continue with 4 more for 444, then the whole country will benefit! . Love these pix of our President and First Lady, this is what true love, friendship, and respect looks like.
Whoops, typo alert, should be: 4 more for 44!
I LOVE FLOTUS IN THAT DRESS…SO BEAUTIFUL AND HER HAIR IS PRECIOUS…AS ALWAYS!
Just too elegant and foiiiiiine, Our president is.
I missed the press conference. Waiting patiently for video to go up.
ME TOO…GOT TO SEE IT!
Thrid once again…
The second picture looks like a GQ cover shoot. Whew!
hey zizi. have you written a new piece yet?
Not yet. It’s been hellish for me this semester — New courses, increased enrollment and all. On Spring break this week but had to travel to perform a grand-nephew’s naming ceremony this past weekend. Came back yesterday. I hope to post something at TPV before the week is out.
Look forward to it!
I can’t wait to see what our beautiful FLOTUS is going to wear tonight!!!
Not Voting – 4
Maybe the States that voted NO need funding withheld …
Calling it for what it is …
USA – Who hates American workers & actively damages our National Security infrastructure >> theobamadiary.com/2012/03/14/pre… Vote Them Out #YesWEMust— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 14, 2012
I am shocked that Manchin voted with the Dems.. Is he sick ?
Thanks to Senator Byrd West Virginia has a great Interstate Highway System. WV loves their pork.
So it passed then ?
sweet. for all their grandstanding, the rethugs caved.
Now Boehner has to heard his cats and pass this as is……..They better not try to add Keystone to this…
oh wait….Are they working this week ?
You mean for once we didn’t have stupid Dem’s casting stupid ‘bipartisan’ votes? I may swoon……..
Cool your jets five-seven the b.s. won’t be over until the President signs it. Let us pray…….;-)
absolutely fabulous coverage.
I’ll add my thanks for the coverage. My grand plan to wake up at 6am to watch the arrival ceremony went by the wayside when the alarm went off (although, I was still late for work…). I’ve got a meeting scheduled this afternoon that will prevent me from watching the dinner coverage live. So, I’m very grateful that I know I can come here and see it all after the fact. Thank you, Chipsticks!
Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can
Detroit automakers are creating thousands of new jobs amid a sales boom. And as they expand, their suppliers are racing to keep up, adding tens of thousands of new jobs.
At Bridgewater Interiors in Warren, Mich., for example, the pace is intense. Hundreds of union employees scurry to fill a growing list of orders. The factory floor is packed with stacks of foam cushions, seat covers and headrests.
New one coming in TN to support the VW Passat that is made in Chattanooga.
The Two-Candidate Race Has Finally Arrived
The conventional wisdom as polls opened in Alabama and Mississippi was that Santorum would likely be the big loser by failing to beat Romney or snuff Gingrich. That scenario made sense: Santorum was not only flagging in the polls, but had a decided financial disadvantage in these two states. (His super PAC trailed Team Romney in media buys by a seven-to-one ratio in Alabama and a five-to-one margin in Mississippi; it also had fewer ads than Gingrich ‘s super PAC). But now Gingrich is toast, whether he immediately accepts it or not, and Romney has failed to seal the deal. It seems the long-awaited two-candidate race has finally arrived.
To be sure, Romney has probably won a majority of the night’s delegates (thanks to proportional systems in Alabama and Mississippi, and likely victories in the late-night caucuses in Hawaii and American Samoa). But as on Super Tuesday, Mitt’s big problem was his failure to meet rising expectations. He managed to finish third in both Mississippi and Alabama, despite his advantages in money and endorsements—and his apparent momentum (leading several late polls in both states, and appearing to win Mississippi even tonight in early exit polls).
Romney’s night isn’t quite so discouraging if you look at demographics. Romney did relatively well among evangelical voters (who made up 80 percent of Mississippi voters and 74 percent of Alabama’s), and very well in terms of voters’ estimates of his superior electability (50 percent in Alabama and 49 percent in Mississippi said he was most likely to beat Obama). As in virtually every state so far, Mitt won in urban-suburban strongholds, carrying Jackson, Gulfport, and Biloxi in Mississippi and Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile in Alabama.
But Santorum outpaced both his rivals in rural parts of these states, carrying the pineywoods regions of North Alabama and Mississippi, while Gingrich did relatively well, as expected, in rural black belt counties—just not well enough. And Santorum very narrowly led Newt among “very conservative” and evangelical voters in both states, which helped put him over the top. In a distant fourth place, Ron Paul performed in the single digits in both states.
Chipstah – Your pics are wonderful – so nice to see the cherry blossoms! Oh criminy back to work later TOD
Reid’s hardball pays off on judicial nominees
By Steve Benen – Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:36 PM EDT.
This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) decided to put judicial nominations on the front-burner, much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has made obstructionism one of his top priorities. Reid played some procedural hardball, and as of this afternoon, it’s paid off.
To briefly recap, Reid wanted to move 17 stalled, non-controversial judicial nominees — and said everything else, including action on the poorly-named “JOBS Act” — would have to wait. If the Senate operated the way it used to, the confirmation votes on the nominees could be dealt with in an afternoon, and the chamber could move on. If Republicans wanted to obstruct, the chamber would get bogged down for several weeks.
The decision, Reid said, would be up to the GOP.
Today, the two Senate leaders struck a deal.
Millions of small businesses are eligible for a tax credit to help pay for health care premiums—#ACA covers 50% of costs starting in 2014.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 14, 2012
Cat Fight Alert: Wonkette is reporting that the lovely Ann Coulter went after the lovely half term governor in a Vero Beach, FL speech. Could life get any better with the Republican Party.
Here it is …hilarious….
Beloved liberal icon Ann Coulter had stern words for genius Facebook inventor Sarah Palin, whom apparently she simply does not care for, while speaking in Vero Beach, Florida.
“One of the ones promoting that [a brokered convention] is Sarah Palin, who has suggested herself as the choice,” Coulter said. “I think as long as it’s between us girls — I’ve been observing something about her. I don’t think it’s likely to happen. I don’t know what these people are cheering for. As I wrote in a column a few weeks back, who is this dream candidate we’re hoping to get from the convention, because Rick Perry used to be the dream candidate. Can we see them in a debate first?”
Coulter was so perturbed, she was forced to compare Palin unfavorably to the Democrat Party.
“And just a more corporate problem is I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party,” she said. “I mean, the incentives seem to be set up to allow people — as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money. The Democrats have managed to figure out how not to do that.”
Coulter proposed a pledge for Republican presidential candidates, which would be meant to limit their ability to profit off of political stardom.
“The one pledge I support and I think I’m going to draft it up is for all Republican nominees for president — I want them to sign a pledge saying, ‘If I lose the nomination I pledge I will not take a gig with Fox News or write a book.’”
She is the one who said if Romney was the nominee they would lose. She can’t make up her mind. If I were a member of the Tea Party I would be steam!!! The establishment is saying “we don’t need, yawl anymore.”
The Teahadists ARE steamed, which is why the Frothy One is doing so well. They’re not going to be put back in the box by the GOP elders.
That’s the irony of this Republican mess they call a Primary. The tea party lead their so-called revolt, now they are trying to put them in their place but it can’t be done. The establishment wants to have their cake and eat it too. I hope President Obama’s re-elect team is taking notice, divide and divide some more leads the landslide in November.
I should have preference that “divide” comment by stating that President Obama will get tea party support if Myth is the nominee.
coming from the coulter broad, this is hilarious
I pledge I will not take a gig with Fox News or write a book
I agree amk! I think Coulter is steamed because “there can be only one.” And she wants the prize of attractive grifter of the republican party. (I don’t think she is attractive, but she, like Palin, have ego’s as big or bigger than Newt Gingrich (and that is saying something). In fact, the Moon is not big enough for the three of them. Not to worry, both of these classless women will verbally duke it out as long as there is a penny to be made from their witless party.Then they will move on to the next con.
Maybe Palin will challenge Ann Coulter to a debate.
Would love to see that.
Would that create a singularity of idiocy that would suck in the debate venue into a mini black hole?
I FIGURED IT OUT…ARIZ. GOV. JANE BREWER HAS TO BE COULTER’S MOTHER! SAME BROOMS..SAME FLIGHT PATTERN!
Reid Calls On House GOP To Ditch Tea Party, Embrace Senate Highway Bill
After the Senate passed a highway bill 74-22, Majority Leader Harry Reid called on House Republicans to take up the chamber’s strongly bipartisan measure and not kowtow to their conservative members.
“The job-creating programs funded by this bill will expire in just a few weeks, and I urge my colleagues in the House to pass this bipartisan bill without delay,” Reid said in a statement Wednesday. “If there was ever a piece of legislation that should not turn into a partisan fight, this is it. I hope my Republican colleagues in the House will choose to join us in this bipartisan, job-creating effort instead of trying to appease the Tea Party by manufacturing another fight.”
I love when Reid does this……
Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 03/14/2012
That big Obama poll drop? It never happened.
By Jonathan Bernstein
Remember that big drop in approval numbers Barack Obama suffered over the weekend? You’re remembering a phantom.
The poll that got all the chatter going about Obama’s alleged drop was published on Monday by the New York Times. It found Obama’s approval rating at 41 percent, in polling taken from March 7-11.
But we now have two new polls, one from Pew and the other from Reuters, that have Obama at 50 percent. So what’s going on?
Here, via Pollster, is the wrap up of all the polling taken roughly during the same time period as the Times poll:
CBS/NYT — March 7-11 — 41%
Bloomberg — March 8-11 — 48%
Ipsos/Reuters — March 8-11 — 50%
ABC/WaPo — March 7-10 — 46%
Pew — March 7-11 — 50%
Gallup — March 10-12 — 47%
Rasmussen — March 11-13 — 47%
The Times poll is an outlier. The overall Pollster trend is now at around 47 percent — put all the polling together and the trend is either slightly up or slightly down over the last month, depending on how one reads the data. (The key variable is whether you want your trend line to overreact or underreact to each poll — whether you place more or less emphasis on the most recent polls — something you can change by adjusting Pollster’s “smoothing” function.)
Either way, there’s no getting around the fact that the big Obama polling drop last week never happened. Never happened.
I wonder what Nate Silver has to say about that. He loses credibility every time he speaks up about lying polls.
Ok everyone, I have an oldie but a goodie up at TPV. I took the piece I wrote here last month and reworked it a bit. You can find it here: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the GOP primaries.
Just saw a powerful pro-women’s rights Ad by Moveon.org using the words of Limbaugh in regards to Sandra Fluke, the words of Santorum in regards to forcing women to have the children of their rapists, the words of GOP lawmakers about shoving a transvaginal probe/wand up women’s vaginas because hey an aspirin between the knees just isn’t insult enough. Pretty hard hitting Ad.
That is a powerful ad. I hope they run it from now until election day.
Martin Bashir almost lost it on air when he talked about the “Santorum Surge” and “Santorum Spread” in AL & MS. He kept cracking up and saying please forgive me.
Really, I have no idea how a candidate whose last name is a punchline can be taken seriously.
dang, and now I missed Joe
CALL TO ACTION
Time to tweet, call and email
Lets send Harry Reid some love. As the article at Washington Monthly stated
“The larger point, though, is that Reid was able to generate some progress by picking a fight. Had the Majority Leader not forced the issue on Monday, these 14 judges probably wouldn’t be on track for confirmation anytime soon.”
So we need to thank him for his efforts and who knows – he might just do it more often
Twitter – #SenatorReid (202) 224-3542
He just launched a Facebook page, let’s go like him
email the Senator
I wonder who the 3 ( there were 17 yesterday) that got left out are.
done Linda thx!
Great colbert piece. Hope it embeds.
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Thank heavens for Stephen Colbert, our generation’s Mark Twain.
Is it too soon to get excited about tomorrow’s primiere of “The Road We’ve Traveled”?? If the answer is yes, can I just be excited about seeing FLOTUS’s state dinner dress??
So much excitement, so little time…
This is a day of great disgrace for the state of Pennsylvania as the house passed a draconian voter suppression law on strict party lines, which now will be signed by extreme right wing Governor Corbett. This used to be a decent state which at least attempted to be fair to it’s citizens. But with the tea party grab of the state house, it is fast becoming unlivable. The more I read about this new law, the more I see it will become impossible for poor people to vote. The barriers are just too high. Unless we can build up a vast treasure chest of cash to help people get copies of their birth certificates and hire vans to the DMV, I don’t see how people are going to be able to vote. I will tell you right now that the DMV offices will not be up to the challenge and those who are poor, elderly or handicapped will simply be shut out of the electoral process. At this point I can only hope that the unions will step up to provide transportation and some funding and that other charitable groups will pitch in. Our local Democratic Party can offer rides, but birth certificate copies cost money and we would not be able to fund these. I feel that people will become discouraged on election day because the lines will be unbearable as poll workers struggle with the new requirements. This action by the state legislature seems criminal to me, let alone unconstitutional. I’m hope we can get a legal challenge that will stop the law’s implementation, but right now I just feel like crying. Our Dem reps in the state house really tried and their arguments were brilliant. But the lunatics control the assylum in this state and this gross injustice is the outcome. I’m glad the NAACP is appealing to the UN. The world needs to know how the Republicans are undermining democracy and depriving citizens of the right to vote.
Jackie, I am in PA too. I’m just sick about the whole thing. Actually, I’m ENRAGED! This is so unjust, and brazenly partisan. I am disgusted by the GOP. This is a moderate state! These ;wingnuts need to go, and we need to start SCREAMING about their over reach.
Jackie Grumbacher, I am a Pennsylvanian, also. I had no doubt that this bill would pass in our GOP/TP majority State House. Everyone of the GOP/TP governors and legislators are following the ALEC agenda and the Koch Brothers Syndicate’s script.
I have written letters and sent email to Mr. Corbett, state senators and my district’s representative expressing my views on the draconian bills and laws that are coming out of our State House. In fact, I have told Mr. Corbett that he and the GOP/TP legislators who won in the 2010 election, should abdicate their position because, of course, the election was fraudulent since no one had to present a state issued photo I.D. in order to vote.
Yes, Jackie, the GOP/TP majority legislators are a disgrace to Pennsylvania and Pennsylvanians. I would venture to say that they are a disgrace to those living between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh…the “Alabama” of Pennsylvania.
We have to get organized and help folks with whatever they need to get their voter I.D.. We also must remind folks who have a state issued photo I.D. that they must make certain that it’s up-to-date. They can be turned away if the validation date has expired.
The energy secretary, at a Hill hearing: “My reputation for intelligence has taken a downturn since I’ve accepted this job.”
No doubt. I can’t even imagine the toll it takes on Dr. Chu’s psyche to have to constantly deal with folks on the Hill who have the IQ of a head of cabbage.
I found this to be encouraging
NAACP heads to U.N. to address suppression of minority voters
I’m not entirely sure about this one. I heard Ben Jealous being interviewed by someone British last night. She asked him some sharp questions like, “what does this say about President Obama if this is happening on his watch”, and “what do you really expect the UN to do about this”. He did have a couple of good answers, but I think they haven’t exhausted all options of raising awareness and getting voters registered, before they take it to Geneva to present it to the United Nations. Just seems like a bit of a publicity ploy, rather than actually addressing the issues. I just don’t understand why people can’t get registered within the next six months, and why we can’t raise money to help people pay for the identification – I have to admit, I’m not up to speed on all the issues and constraints.
“What does it say about President Obama if this is happening on his watch?” Perhaps this person asking that question needs to bone up on the topic of State’s Rights.
We Want Our Money Back
Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood
reut.rs/wVCdoq— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 14, 2012
But Santorum said he did not support a state in which English was not the primary language.
Such disrespect but yet you expect to get their votes. Alrighty then, Ricky Boy.
WOW…YOU KNOW I JUST DON’T SEE JESUS CHRIST AGREEING WITH SANTORUM’S LANGUAGE BIAS! JUST SAYIN’!
I agree with you Sue! Especially because I am 100% certain that Jesus Christ did not speak English.
Latest from Burns & Haberman
Restore Our Future opens up $500k front in Wisconsin
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 3/14/12 3:01 PM
The pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future has placed $460,000 worth of broadcast time statewide in Wisconsin, where the April 3 GOP primary is going to be seen as more important after Rick Santorum won in the Deep South, a media-buying source confirms.
Rick Santorum’s campaign will start airing television ads in Illinois on Thursday, starting with a statewide cable buy on Fox News and CNN, a media-buying source tells me.
Fox and Fox-lite.
Early early heads up: At 6:15PM ET/ 5:15PM CT / 3:15PM PT C-SPAN will begin airing the State Dinner arrivals and ceremony. Should be fun. The band Mumford and Sons and musician John Legend will be performing tonight. Awesome artists with wonderful songs. British, Irish, and American celebrities from the world of entertainment and sports have been invited. But the piece de resistance will be FL Michelle Obama’s state dinner dress/gown.
Oooooo, thanks, ut!! Totally excited for this event.
I guess I’ll be toggling between c-span and Reverend Sharpton. This is so exciting.
Schumer: Saudi Arabia’s plan to increase oil supply will lower gas prices
By Andrew Restuccia
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) applauded Saudi Arabia’s plans to increase oil output to make up for potential losses from Iran, arguing the move will lower gas prices.
“I was pleased that Saudi Arabia declared that it would fill any oil gap as a result of an Iranian embargo,” Schumer said Wednesday during a speech on the Senate floor, adding that the move is the best short-term solution for lowering gas prices.
Reuters reported Wednesday that Saudi Arabia, the only OPEC producer with significant spare production capacity, promised to “make good any shortfalls — perceived or real — in crude oil supply.”
I’m glad they added the “perceived or real” bit. The fact is, there is an international embargo slated to begin in a few months, so Europe wasn’t going to be getting their oil from Iran after that, anyway. A lot of this hype and hysteria has been manufactured by speculators and the right wing and media. I believe Saudi Arabia stated a few months ago, at the time that the sanctions were first announced, that they would make up the shortfall. And then, the right wing started screeching, and people forgot that Saudi Arabia was always going to cover the difference.
There usually aren’t a lot of facts to support the hysteria.
Report: Solar installations surged in 2011
By Andrew Restuccia
The solar industry installed 1,855 megawatts of capacity in 2011, more than twice what it installed in 2010, a new report says.
The report, commissioned by a major solar industry group, is welcome news for solar power, which has taken a beating from House Republicans in the aftermath of the Solyndra collapse.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said the report, conducted by GTM Research, shows “unprecedented growth” in photovoltaic solar panel installations. The growth was a result of a major drop in solar panel prices and a rush to build new projects before a key solar grant program expired at the end of 2011, according to the report.
so….. maybe I’m crazy but I thought I heard that my 5th husband will be on Tweety’s show tonight. He was on Capitol hill today talking bout Sudan and will be on tonight with that nincompoop. Mmmmmmmmm. George Clooney. I wonder if he got invited to the state dinner tonight or if he dropped in on PBO. Probably not will the Camerons around all day. Boy oh boy. Can’t wait to see Mr. Sexy. Will brave the filth that is Tweety’s show just for a piece of George.
Even George can’t make me watch Tweety. Alas…
oh dear… Tweety will be star struck…stuttering ….spitting….drooling…and interrupting….
Yep George Clooney will be on Hardball tonight. I also heard that he might be meeting with PBO this week or so about the situation in Sudan and South Sudan.
What time does the WH dinner start tonight?
6:15. UT said C-span will be airing it.
C-SPAN begins coverage between 6:15PM ET or 6:30PM ET. So tune in around that time.
Republicans Losing on Birth Control as 77% in Poll Spurn Debate
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis – Mar 14, 2012 3:30 AM CT
Americans overwhelmingly regard the debate over President Barack Obama’s policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage as a matter of women’s health, not religious freedom, rejecting Republicans’ rationale for opposing the rule. More than three-quarters say the topic shouldn’t even be a part of the U.S. political debate.
More than six in 10 respondents to a Bloomberg National Poll — including almost 70 percent of women — say the issue involves health care and access to birth control, according to the survey taken March 8-11.
That conflicts with Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, who say Obama is violating religious freedom by requiring employers — including those with religious objections to birth control — to provide a way for women to obtain contraceptive coverage as part of their insurance plans.
The results suggest the Republican candidates’ focus on contraception is out of sync with the U.S. public. Seventy-seven percent of poll respondents say birth control shouldn’t be a topic of the political debate, while 20 percent say it should.
Pew Shows An Obama Blow-Out
If these trends persist, we could be in for a landslide:
Among all voters, Obama leads Romney by 12 points (54% to 42%) and Santorum by 18 points (57% to 39%). Obama’s advantage among women voters, while largely unchanged from a month ago, remains substantial – 20 points over Romney and 26 points over Santorum.
Obama also holds an enthusiasm advantage over both of his main GOP rivals. In a matchup with Romney, 41% say they support Obama strongly, compared with only 28% who strongly support the former Massachusetts governor. Obama holds a commanding 45% to 28% lead over Santorum in strong support.
A gender gap of more than 20 points is pretty devastating. Congrats to the Catholic hierarchy and their talk radio fans. But the poll of polls shows a much tighter race:
But enthusiasm matters. My fear is that Romney’s inability to generate enthusiasm and willingness to go negative will mean one of the ugliest, nastiest campaigns in memory.
Both of these numbers must have really pushed leaners, as usually you would see more than 4% as undecided. And since PBO hasn’t gotten into real campaign mode yet, and both Romney and Santorum still have to present themselves to much of the country, this may actually be as close as either come. Yes, not complacent, but the fact is the more Romney is seen the more unpopular he is. And Santorum only ereally appeals to the 27%.
Neither is going to create much enthusiasm, which helps on the down ticket races a lot. And I really think many Americans have really become to view negatives ads well…negatively.
Has anyone else noticed that the GOP candidates are all making a point of calling the President just “Barack Obama” or “Obama” – when they’re not calling him “this President”? Seems like they’re just trying to level the playing field, so people don’t see him as the President when one of them finally comes up along side him.
Yes. It is very irritating.
That sounds like something from Frank Luntz to me.
Goldman Sachs Mobilizes Rapid Smear Campaign Against Whistleblower
Joe Kernen is a douche and is bad as anyone on FOX. I find him unwatchable.
New post everyone:
Ya know, pretty soon about 5 voters are going to have to show up to decide who the Republican nominee is. This is getting ridiculous.
“Mitt Romney wins 34 delegates from 1,129 voters”
Steve Schmidt going to bat for Wiltard, saying he is “a serious man with a record of accomplishment………he fixes broken things.”——–right shouldn\’t Schmidt still be locked in a confessional somewhere begging God for forgiveness for the plague that is The Quitta from Wasilla? What an asshat.
So much for Schmidt’s credibility. He’s backing a pathological lying piece of sociopathic shite.
THANK YOU CHIPS FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO…NOW I’M GOING TO EAT SOME DINNER…SO I CAN CATCH THE STATE DINNER!..BLESSINGS!…:)
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