Archive for March 22nd, 2012

22
Mar
12

slainte!

22
Mar
12

oklahoma to ohio

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President Barack Obama walks with White House Advance Associate Valerie Tyburski following an event at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard near Cushing, Okla., March 22. Walking behind the President are Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and Vic Erevia, U.S. Secret Service Special-Agent-in-Charge. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama holds a metal and carbon fiber rod used in the construction of a lightweight race car alongside students at the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University in Columbus

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President Obama returns to the White House after a two-day trip promoting his energy policy

22
Mar
12

a word from tally: newsflash – slavery is illegal and women are not property

by Tally

Iowa bishops urge fasts on birth control coverage

“SIOUX CITY, Iowa (WTW) – Roman Catholic bishops in Iowa are asking parishioners to fast and pray to demonstrate their concerns over an employer birth control mandate in the federal health care law.

Parishioners have been asked to participate in a “special day of fasting and penance for religious liberty” on March 30, KTIV-TV in Sioux City reported Thursday.”

What the FRAK is going on? And when the hell is it going to stop???

How are men like Rush Limbaugh (or the Catholic Church for that matter) allowed near a microphone, let alone paid (donated) millions to spew hatred?

It’s 2012. How dare any MAN think he has the remotest right to even an opinion about any woman’s healthcare, sexuality and sex life.  Men certainly wouldn’t tolerate women having a say in theirs. Why are we, as a modern civilized society allowing this?

NEWS FLASH – SLAVERY IS ILLEGAL AND WOMEN ARE NOT PROPERTY.

See full post here

22
Mar
12

even more pete souza & chuck kennedy genius

A child reaches out to First Lady Michelle Obama prior to a Faith and Community Groups Leading the Way event at Longwood, Fla., Feb. 11 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Lauren Fleming, the 2011 March of Dimes National Ambassador, looks up as her brother Corbin touches President Obama’s face during a visit to the Oval Office, Feb. 7 (Pete Souza)

President Obama exits a 787 Dreamliner to greet workers and deliver remarks at the Boeing-Everett Production Facility in Everett, Wash., Feb. 17 (Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk in the Green Room of the White House before hosting a Smithsonian Museum of African American History reception, Feb. 22 (Pete Souza)

President Obama greets audience members after delivering remarks on the economy at the University of Miami, Feb. 23 (Pete Souza)

President Obama talks on the phone with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the Oval Office, Feb. 13 (Pete Souza)

President Obama and Vice President Biden talk with former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly in the Oval Office, Feb. 10 (Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets visitors as they tour the White House, Feb. 16 (Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama greets students from Medina Elementary School in Medina, Wash., Feb. 17 (Pete Souza)

More photos here

22
Mar
12

the story of the affordable care act

22
Mar
12

rise and shine

President Obama greets supporters upon arrival at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, March 21

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10:55: PBO delivers remarks at Pipe Yard Outside Cushing, Oklahoma

1:15: Departs Cushing, Oklahoma en route Columbus, Ohio

3:05: Arrives Columbus, Ohio

3:35: Tours the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University

4:25: Delivers remarks

5:20: Departs Columbus, Ohio en route Washington, DC

6:45: Arrives at the White House

6:55: Hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day

All times Eastern

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President Obama boards Air Force One in Roswell, N.M., March 21. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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White House live

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Steve Benen: The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, but today’s report is the best we’ve seen in quite a while.

About a month ago, initial jobless claims matched a four-year low, and as of today, they managed to get even better, exceeding expectations by dropping to the lowest level since February 2008:

The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 5,000 last week to 348,000, the lowest level since February 2008, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday…..

More here

Weekly unemployment claims:

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Greg Sargent: How Romney used to respond to high gas prices: An important scoop from Alex MacGillis, who discovers that Romney (who is now bashing Obama over high gas prices) responded to them when he was Governor of Massachusetts just as Obama has been:

Befitting his profile as a moderate Republican who cared about the environment, Governor Romney responded to price spikes by describing them as the natural result of global market pressures and by calling for increases in fuel efficiency – the same approach that he now derides Obama for taking as president.

Key Romney quote from 2006: “I don’t think that now is the time, and I’m not sure there will be the right time, for us to encourage the use of more gasoline. I’m very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay.”

More here

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Steve Benen: When Eric Fehrnstrom, the communications director for Mitt Romney’s campaign, appeared on CNN, he couldn’t possibly have predicted how much trouble he was about to cause for his boss.

…..Tabitha Hale tweeted this afternoon, “This Etch-A-Sketch situation is not going to go away… maybe ever.”

I’m very much inclined to agree. The knock on Romney since Day One has been that he’s a shallow, unprincipled politician, willing to say anything to anyone to win. “Etch A Sketch” is so perfect a metaphor, it’s extraordinary that it came from the candidate’s own communications director.

More here

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Cagle

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Howard Kurtz: ….. In a phrase so potentially damaging it might have been hatched in a laboratory by James Carville, Romney communications director Eric Fehrnstrom bobbled a routine question on CNN….

….. His response: “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-a-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.”

The unmistakable image: Romney has no fixed principles. Forget about what he’s saying in the primaries, all we have to do is hit the reset button. His positions are no more firmly held than the leaden particles that form those boxy images on the screen and then dissolve with a mere shake.

More here

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The Week

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ThinkProgress: During an interview with Public Radio International’s Marketplace, President Obama defended the individual health insurance mandate and reiterated that likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney enacted a very similar policy as governor of Massachusetts. “[W]e designed a program that actually previously had support of Republicans,” Obama told host Kai Ryssdal, “including the person who may end up being the Republican standard bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different.”

More here (including audio of interview)

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A blast from the past….

Ebony Magazine (1990) – BuzzFeed

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