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Rise and Shine…It’s Friday!

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Voters Trust Obama More On Budget; Blame GOP For Gridlock

The Hill: A full half of Americans trust President Obama more than congressional Republicans to deal with the federal budget.

The survey by USA Today and Marist found that 50 percent of voters trust President Obama to make the right decisions on the budget, compared to 41 percent who say congressional Republicans are more trustworthy. Eight percent say they don’t believe either will make the right choices on budget priorities.

Among independents, 46 percent say they trust the president more, while 37 percent say they believe congressional Republicans have the advantage. Meanwhile, 48 percent of voters say Republicans are responsible for partisan gridlock holding up a deal on the federal budget.

Read more here

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The Beltway Media’s Fainting Spell Over President Obama’s 2014 Pursuits.

Alec MacGillis: Flash forward to this week, as Obama embarks on a trip to California to raise money for House Democrats, the first of 14 fundraisers he’s holding this year for the Democratic Party, up from only five that he held in 2009. Is this a sign that he learned a lesson from the 2010 disaster and the lashing he received afterward, and is determined to do better in his second midterm election? No—that would be too consistent a reaction for the Beltway. Obama’s fundraising—doing what he was slammed for not doing enough of four years ago—is now proof of his hypocritical betrayal of his principles.

But underlying the tut-tutting about Obama’s fundraising is a broader, longstanding confusion in the Washington establishment over what is to be expected of Obama. We scorn him for seeking to hold himself above the fray and then lash him with high dudgeon as soon he deigns to descend into the muck. Never mind that he is following in the footsteps of his two-term predecessors—as the Post noted, “Ronald Reagan participated in 20 fundraisers for Republicans in 1985, and George W. Bush did 14 in 2005…. Bill Clinton, committed to helping the Democratic Party eliminate debt after the 1996 campaign, appeared at a whopping 77 fundraisers in 1997.” One need look no further than the National Rifle Association’s success at blocking legislation favored by a majority of Americans to realize that the bully pulpit alone is inadequate to the task, and that it would help to spend some money on behalf of the legislation. After a bruising first term in office, Obama is painfully aware of these realities. But when he tries to address them, the Beltway blanches, to the bewilderment of those who’ve seen the realities that Obama is up against.

Read more here

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: The present darling of the right wing, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is a distinguished neurosurgeon who went from the depths of Detroit poverty to the heights of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. But his current status among conservatives isn’t so much rooted in Carson’s redemptive rise from rags to respectability, as it is in the belief that he is, in the long winter of Obama, the one they’ve been waiting for.

Last week, Carson came under attack for comparing advocates of same-sex marriage with advocates of bestiality and the North American Man/Boy Love Association. He then cast himself as a victim of political correctness, besieged by white liberals — “the most racist people there are” — who could not countenance his heterodoxy and wanted to keep him on the “plantation.”

Read more here

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Majority Now Support Marijuana Legalization

ABC News: For years, supporters of marijuana legalization have pointed to polls trending their way, claiming the issue was about to tip as favorable to a majority of Americans. Now, their prediction has finally come true.

For the first time, a major U.S. poll shows a majority of nationwide support for legalizing marijuana: 52 percent now back legalized pot, compared with 45 percent who oppose it, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Pew has been asking about marijuana since 1969, when only 12 percent thought it should be legal, and 84 percent said it shouldn’t be.

The legalization charge is being led by young people: Support ranked highest among 18-29-year-old respondents, 64 percent of whom think pot should be legal. Politically, liberal Democrats overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal, at 73 percent.

But the idea of legalization has grown by making inroads among Republicans. Since 2010, the demographic that has shifted more support than any other–including groups broken down by age, political leaning, race, gender, and education–is liberal and moderate Republicans. Among them, support has jumped 17 percentage points in the last three years, from 36 percent in 2010 to 53 percent today.

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Washington Post: President Barack Obama’s budget next week will steer clear of major cuts to Medicaid. White House officials aren’t commenting, but Obama’s budget would set up a clear contrast with the Republican-led House. The GOP budget would turn Medicaid over to the states and sharply reduce future spending from currently projected levels. It would also repeal the expansion of Medicaid, along with the rest of Obama’s health care law.

Under Obama’s overhaul, Medicaid would be expanded to bring in low-income adults, mainly people with no children at home but also some parents. In states that accept the expansion, those making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — about $15,400 for an individual — would be entitled to receive Medicaid. The federal government would pay 100 percent of the expansion’s cost for the first three years, starting in 2014. Washington’s share would gradually phase down to 90 percent.

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The Man Who Could Put Climate Change On The Agenda

Coral Davenport: Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, is best known for two things: his national security chops—he had key roles on the White House National Security Council—and the high regard in which he’s held by President Obama. McDonough has been part of Obama’s inner circle for nearly a decade, and the president has called his new chief of staff one of his “closest and most trusted advisers.”

Here’s what a lot of people don’t know about McDonough: He has a background on climate change, and he takes the issue very seriously. Here’s why that’s important: If Obama wants to follow through on his 2013 Inaugural Address pledge to make climate change a cornerstone of his legacy, he’ll need to make a series of tough, highly controversial executive decisions. Ultimately, of course, the U.S. agenda on climate change will be set by the president himself. But Obama’s selection of a key adviser with such a deep record on the issue suggests he intends to take it seriously.

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Why Obama Wants A Grand Bargain

Greg Sargent: The news of the morning is that President Obama will propose a budget next week that includes specific cuts in Social Security and Medicare along with new revenues — an effort to bring Republicans back to the table for a “Grand Bargain” to replace the sequester. The entitlement cuts include Chained CPI for Social Security and a combination of means testing and provider-side cuts on Medicare, in addition to other spending cuts, which will anger liberal Democrats. The budget seeks $580 billion in new revenues via closing loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy and oil and gas companies. There will reportedly be some new spending offset by money raised elsewhere — which is designed to prove that you can reduce the deficit and spend to prime the economy and help the middle class at the same time.

At a certain level, this shouldn’t surprise anybody. On entitlements, Obama is merely reiterating what he’s previously offered John Boehner, and it has long been clear that this offer is still on the table. Obama and his advisers don’t necessarily view Chained CPI as good policy. But they think a Grand Bargain is ultimately a better outcome than continued sequestration, and the only way to the former is to peel off individual Republicans who are open to new revenues. They believe a Grand Bargain is good for Democrats in general, because it essentially would lock in a medium-term agreement over core disputes — about the safety net and about the size of government, and who should pay for it — that have produced a debilitating stalemate in Washington.

Liberals who oppose Chained CPI need to start thinking right now about how to answer this question: Which is worse, a Grand Bargain, or continued sequestration?

Read more here

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President Obama’s Daily Schedule; All Times Eastern

9:15AM: President Obama Hosts An Easter Prayer Breakfast. VP Biden Also Attends.

10:30AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden Receive The Presidential Daily Briefing.

12:45PM: Press Secretary Jay Carney Briefs The Press.

12:45PM: Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks At The 2013 Annual Conference Of The Export-Import Bank.

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150 Responses to “Rise and Shine…It’s Friday!”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

    1st ? Oh, yeah.

  2. 12 Deb
    April 5, 2013 at 8:28 am

    He is the best looking President ever. Oops, I guess I am in trouble.

    • 13 anniebella
      April 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

      I see the Prayer Breakfast is at 9:30 will it be carry on WH.gov? I hope those who didn’t see Lawrence O”Donnell rewrite last night, someone will post the video here today. It is was worth watching.

  3. 14 Allison
    April 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

  4. 15 isonprize
    April 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Yay!!! Pres. Obama got a new blue shirt!! I LOVE IT when I wake up and Pres. Obama is my PRESIDENT!!

  5. 19 99ts
    April 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Hello UT – the threads seem alive with all these pictures – good way to enjoy the day – I’m still reading the last one.

    Congrats on 1st amk

  6. 23 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Heads up. 11.30 am

  7. 24 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

  8. 25 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

    The Chinese have become the single biggest source of global tourism income after spending $102bn (£67bn; 79bn euros) while travelling abroad in 2012.

    The total is 40% higher than the year before, and puts them well above the next two highest-spending countries, Germany and the US.

    The figures come from the UN World Tourism Organisation.

    It says higher incomes, looser travel restrictions and a strengthening currency are behind the surge.

    Other emerging market countries saw their tourism numbers jump, too.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22037233

  9. 26 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

    • 27 Allison
      April 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

      The reelection of President Obama has taught them NOTHING!!

      • 28 anniebella
        April 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

        They didn’t learn a dam thing from the 2012 election. Remember no sitting President has ever won re-election with the unemployment so high or the economy in such bad shape. That is the kind of crap the media kept telling us over and over again. But POTUS was re-elected wasn’t he.

        • 29 nathkatun7
          April 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

          “Remember no sitting President has ever won re-election with the unemployment so high or the economy in such bad shape.”

          FDR was elected twice with unemployment rate in double digits!!

  10. 30 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Benen

    Florida’s Nelson creates marriage-equality majority in Senate.

    he announcement comes as a bit of a surprise given that Nelson said largely the opposite literally last week, but nevertheless, the Floridian becomes the eighth Democratic senator to endorse marriage equality in just the last two weeks. At this point, only six of the 55-member Senate Democratic caucus have not yet endorsed marriage equality: Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

    What do they all have in common? They’re red-state Democrats.

    Also note, Nelson’s announcement carries some additional weight, because an important threshold has been crossed.

    When Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) endorsed marriage equality on Tuesday, he became the 50th senator to do so — 48 Democrats and two Republicans. Florida’s Nelson, then, tips the scale and helps cross an important threshold — as of now, a majority of the U.S. Senate supports the right of same-sex couples to get legally married.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_nv/more/section/archive?author=steve-benen

  11. April 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

    GM, UT, TOD. Congrats AMK…..#1

  12. 32 desertflower
    April 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Morning! UT…thank you:) That smiling face put a smiling face on ME this morning! What a nice way to wake up…coffee and my President smiling at me:) As Randi would say, ” It’s Friday, ya bastids”!! Let’s make it a good, PRODUCTIVE one!

  13. 33 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

  14. April 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Ooooh la la all you O’s! UT surely made it another great getting up day again on planet TOD with that pic that heads the thread. Hat tip to you my friend. Helluva way to start this Friday, even though the temp is in the 30’s here. No matter, the forecast is for mid 60s tomorrow, go figure. How about a nice warm up to get the juices flowing.

  15. 35 desertflower
    April 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/health/judge-orders-fda-to-make-morning-after-pill-available-over-the-counter-for-all-ages.html?hp&_r=1&

    A federal judge has ruled that the United States government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and under.

    The decision, on a fraught and politically controversial subject, comes after a decade-long fight over who should have access to the pill and under what circumstances, and it counteracts an unprecedented move by the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services secretary who in 2011 overruled a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription.
    :)

  16. 36 anniebella
    April 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Would the jobs numbers have been better if it wasn’t for the sequester?

    • 37 Bill
      April 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Some pundits will say yes and others will say no. This is major bloviating from people on teevee about something that does not have a simple answer.

      • April 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

        It takes them so long to calculate the numbers, I doubt the sequester effect can be accounted for yet. I think we’ll start to see it in next month’s numbers and in this month’s revision. Oh, good morning!

  17. 39 Jovie
    April 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    You mean we had a disappointing jobs report right after Austerity was implemented?
    Shocking!
    I don’t know what’s going to happen on May 19th, the next debt limit showdown, but Boner wants an additional 1 trillion in cuts with no new revenue.
    Can somebody explain to me the options the President has, if any? I think he is powerless, if congress wants Austerity, he is forced to approve it. If he doesn’t, the economy is fucked.
    Rosey scenarios as such… :(

  18. 40 carolyn
    April 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Finally……people are admitting in writing that the treatment of this president is different than previous presidents. For five years pundits and editorialists have been pretending that his treatment has been just like all previous presidents. WRONG! I do sense a bit of an evolution in the honesty.
    I have a feeling that President Obama knew going in to this race and election, that his treatment would be different, but that someone had to be the first and he could take it. I remember the incident recorded in the bio of his mother withh a friend in Indonesia…….the friend saw other people picking on him, he was about 7 or 8, and wanted to rush to defend him. His mother said No, he’s got to learn to take it. Sounds cruel to us, but I believe she was right, and he did learn, and also learned to rise above all the junk.
    At first he was fawned over by the press….in the first six months every move he made was breathlessly recorded and applauded. Then came the India State Dinner and the awful gate crashers, and the tone changed. It has not recovered. The press have got to critique themselves, and I see just a tiny bit of that with the editorials on this post. I think they have been pushed by voters like us, and have to wake up to the fact that they have not been able to diminish his approval ratings. Everything they carp about is just plain silly, nothing substantive. The kerfuffle over his remark in S.F. is just plain childish. They need to grow up and hold a mirror up to themselves. I think we have become their mirror, and pieces of honesty are creeping in. My two cents for right now.

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  21. 43 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    This is good.

  22. April 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Breaking: a judge has just ruled that the morning after pill must be available to purchase by anyone. No RX required. Overrules HHS Sebelius, which I bet the WH is doing high 5’s about. They had to take that position in the campaign and will act like they are upset so the RW cant say anything.

  23. 48 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

    • 49 japa21
      April 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

      He has also called for a larger role for women in the Church. Although I am sure that will not include women priests (a bridge too far right now) it will move the Church in that direction. Plus, in the past he has expressed some sympathetic views toward allowing priests to marry. In many ways he will continue the Church’s policies regarding abortion and homosexuality (again, a bridge too afr at this point) but I think that already some of the cardinals that voted for him are wodnering what hornet’s nest they tipped over.

  24. 52 japa21
    April 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

  25. April 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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  27. 55 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      April 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Well, of course they will. They’re the Obama administration, doin’ good for four more years.

  28. 57 cookemom
    April 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    PBO. aired more ads during 2012 campaign, but spent less money than the Romney campaign. Repubs used prime time to air most expensive time and more expensive markets. As much as we get bombarded with political ads, and even with all the money spent, it is still less than Univ of Phoenix ads and car ads. PBO tapped into local cable 6 months, while Romney only advertised 1 month on local cable at the end. It takes longer to reach cable viewers. PBO targeted women over a longer period of time in his cable buy strategy. #chessnotcheckers

  29. 58 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

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  32. 61 desertflower
    April 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I just had a thought!!!! (Amazing, I know:) I think that I’m going to call my Senators and rep today and ask if they allow guns in their offices. Then I’ll ask them “why”…I think we know the answer to that question…. it should be an easy conversation to have. Anybody with me???

  33. 64 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Thanks a lot GOP.

  34. 65 anniebella
    April 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Just finish listening to Rev. Obama speaking.

  35. 68 desertflower
    April 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

    More on this awesome, important ruling!! http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/04/05/1826411/judge-plan-b-over-counter/

    By the way…the judge that made this ruling, was appointed by REAGAN :) Sweet.

  36. 69 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Officials have rejected nomination papers for Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf to stand as a candidate in forthcoming polls.

    An official in eastern Kasur district made the decision after objections were filed, including charges of violating the constitution and his oath as army chief.

    Gen Musharraf has the right to appeal and has also filed nomination papers in three other constituencies.

    But this may affect those decisions.

    Six objections were brought against Gen Musharraf by a local lawyer in Kasur. Election tribunals will begin to hear appeals next week.

    In a parallel development, the PML-N party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – ousted by Gen Musharraf when he took power in a coup in 1999 – has challenged Mr Musharraf’s eligibility to contest elections.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22041982

  37. April 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    How did you know this was my favorite pic of President Obama?

  38. April 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

    MoooooOOOOOooooorning everyone, thank yooOOOOOOooooou super-fab UT!! Fantastic reading, you’re a gem!

  39. 79 anniebella
    April 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Heading out to check and see if the Vogue April issue came in yet.

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  42. 82 japa21
    April 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    • 83 anniebella
      April 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

      It might indeed keep Obama from winning in 2016, but it won’t keep a Democrat from winning in 2016.

  43. 84 utaustinliberal
    April 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Once again, Greg Sargent makes sense. He really needs to stop doing that. :D

    Added the article to the Rise and Shine post.

    • 85 dotster3
      April 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

      I see AP is splashing a “Obama proposes cuts to social security” story across the country. Unfortunately, most people will just see the headline.

  44. 86 Vicki
    April 5, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Good news and a suggestion: Yesterday I was complaining that Gov. Cuomo of NY had passed sweeping gun legislation and nobody noticed.
    This morning the NYTimes had an article about the states that have implemented good gun laws—-NY CO Conn Md . Encouraging!
    I was wondering if Mayor Bloomberg would consider an ad praising these governors and their states for the excellent work on what is supposed to be an important issue for him.
    No???
    You mean it is an important issue mostly when he can stick it to Democrats?
    Not so important if politicians other than him are getting results??

  45. April 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Hey smart people, does anyone know anything about the Administration’s views on the Keystone pipeline? I read a NYT article yesterday, which I don’t believe for a second.

    • 88 Melanie
      April 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

      What did the article say and why did you disbelieve it?

      • April 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

        I don’t tend to believe what I read in the press most of the time Melanie. I know that if I ask here, I’ll get the truth. It said that he was leaning toward going with it. I just read the article in this thread about the advisor who’s into is pro climate change, so it made me think of it.

        • 90 Melanie
          April 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

          Ok I was just curious; don’t know if we read the same article. I think the popular “opinion” is that he’s going to approve it. Based on Jay Carney’s statements basically deferring to the State Dept. and the recent “positive” environmental assessment given by them, I don’t think it’s a stretch to think PBO is going to approve it which is what the article I read indicated. I do think the recent oil spills may have delayed/complicated things. Whatever his final decision there are going to be some unhappy people. I just hope it’s the right thing for the present and the future.

    • April 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

      He hasn’t really shown his hand on this one. I know he just had a fundraiser here in SF at the home of one of the biggest opponents out there who has spent millions fighting it. So I will bet he got an earful on this. I read a quote last week that he told someone in private who is against it that they didn’t need to worry. Now whether that’s true or not is anybody’s guess.

      I’m inclined to think he will turn it down because of the environmental harm and all the other detriments. But I don’t think we can say for certain. He just hasn’t dropped many hints.

  46. April 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Some of my team are driving back to the state capitol today to pack the hearing room for the discussion of two state bills on gun sense. Rally yesterday was great!

  47. April 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Sorry if this has been posted somewhere already – I just came across it. I wish they would come to my school!

  48. 98 Linda
    April 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Jordan Fabian ‏@Jordanfabian 6m

    RT @dwallbank:

    Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly back same sex marriage in statements minutes apart this AM. Senate Dem holdouts down to 4.

    • 99 japa21
      April 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Was just going to post that. These are big due to the states they are from. However, to ber realistic about it, they just got elected and probably reaqlize that in another 5+ years when they run for reelction this issue will have been decided and won’t mean much. Nonetheless, bravo for them.

    • 100 amk for obama
      April 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

      heidi was a surprise. I was thinking her & munchin will be the holdouts.

  49. 101 andogriff
    April 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Good morning Ms Chips, morning everyone… great Friday Rise & Shine today UT, thanks so much! Congrats on first amk!

  50. April 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Judging by my twitter feed, it seems the feckless MSM is promoting some sort of new campaign by the failed-Senate-candidate-turned-lobbyist Scott Brown.

    Here’s some great #NoTermMitt schadenfreud I posted a couple of days ago.

    “Five months after the presidential election, a bevy of Mitt Romney’s former staffers find themselves working against each other. They’ve splintered across three Republican Senate campaigns …”

    And remember, just before the horrific Newtown massacre, MSM was falling all over themselves to promote the failed Senate candidate, Scott Brown?

    Love it.

  51. 103 Nena20409
    April 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    GM TODers Everywhere.
    Congratulations on being First On TOD Today, Amk :)
    UT, wonderful post ;)……Thank you.

    Last post was Fotolicious ;)

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  53. 105 Don
    April 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    With President Obama’s budget coming next week we are going to find out once and for all who really stands with this President, as someone told me recently, “in for a penny in for a pound.”

  54. 111 Nena20409
    April 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    In the last 4-5 yrs, the March unemployment numbers have been lower than Feb UE. I am currently trying to find those numbers for the Twitter TOD brigades.

    So for the media and their TBGOPers co-dependents they have always managed to skew the reporting, avoiding content and context.

  55. 112 MightyPamela
    April 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    All topped up now, off to hobble around and see about more resting afterwards….. Sheesh! Thank you UT, I still can’t believe amk was furst…. :lol:

  56. April 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    This is a beautiful story, and a reminder that despite all the hate we see that has been released by our president’s reelection, things are still changing, getting better, and that the good we do in the world lives on long after we have moved on.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20130405/OPINION05/304050039/Leonard-Pitts-Jr-Proof-that-love-can-overcome-evil

  57. April 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    RIP Kurt Cobain… 19yrs ago today.

  58. 116 Virginia
    April 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Good article by Ta-Nehisi Coates re Ben Carson. The title “He Wears the Mask” probably refers to the poem by African American poet Paul Lawence Dunbar who wrote in the late 1890s and early 1900s. The poem still has relevance especially when applied to black conservatives. They still “wear the mask” when most blacks are trying to throw it off.

    If nobody else has posted it, here it is:

    We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

    We wear the mask that grins and lies,
    It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
    This debt we pay to human guile;
    With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
    And mouth with myriad subtleties.

    Why should the world be overwise,
    In counting all our tears and sighs?
    Nay, let them only see us, while
    We wear the mask.

    We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
    To thee from tortured souls arise.
    We sing, but oh the clay is vile
    Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
    But let the world dream otherwise,
    We wear the mask!

    • 118 yardarm756
      April 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      THIS!

    • 119 nathkatun7
      April 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks, Virginia, for sharing this powerful poem. Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s poem is talking about Black folks “wearing the mask” for survival in a white supremacist dominated society while being very conscious of their suffering. They smiled when mass was around, but in his absence they were cursing him. I am not so sure that Conservative Blacks, like Ben Carson, Alan Keys, Justice Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain and others, have the capacity to reflect on the suffering of black people. I really don’t believe their conservatism is a pretense (mask) to hide their true feelings about their fellow white Republicans, many of whom, like Limbaugh and Hannity, are racists. I amy be wrong, but I think Black conservatives really believe that race does not matter. What matters to them is their individual successes. Again, I may be wrong, but that’s the way I view modern day Black conservatives.

  59. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    April 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for this post, UT! Friday’s good.

    Looks like Republicans in one state have been caught in the act, and have come to their senses. Forty-nine more states to go!

    http://www.eclectablog.com/2013/04/north-carolina-house-speaker-kills-legislation-to-create-official-state-religion.html

  60. 121 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Heas up, mini-me Chipsters.

    Pushed back my post to 12.30.

  61. April 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Good morning everyone. Great R&S round up, UT.

    Anyone seen the Lawrence’s Rewrite last night. I am looking for it. I heard that it was a good one.

  62. 128 japa21
    April 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

    • 130 Linda
      April 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      I don’t like the way they are trying to link this story to Lanza’s mother…it has NOTHING to do with that….

  63. April 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Great roundup UT.

    Chained CPI. Ok, I think I’m going to stay off of Twitter, then, because I already know the meltdown that will occur.

    • April 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Wise move LL, it’s depressing.

      • 133 japa21
        April 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        Well, personally, I actually understand the meltdown. There should not even be a discussion regarding SS at all, as it doesn’t contribute to the debt one penny. By even bringing it into the discussion it sends the message that it is related to the debt. And Chained CPI is a reduction of future benefits. Now, there can be a discussion of how to strengthen SS and Chained CPI can be patrt of that discussion, but that should be a separate discussion not tied to debt reduction.

        • April 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

          The problem is that those who immediately start screeching when SS and/or chained CPI are discussed leave no room for discussion, and they ignore the realities on the ground of Republican obstruction and misinformation. There are Republicans who insist that these items be discussed, and if the only discussion is that President Obama has betrayed the people, or that these items can’t even be discussed – then the whole thing goes nowhere. There is room for reform in all the entitlement programs – such as increasing or eliminating the cap on contributions so that SS can be funded more completely. The reaction from those who leap to criticism prevents any progress in this area, at all.

        • April 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

          My mistake Japa (in my response to LL), I was referring to the continuing Twitter assault on ‘Obama the misogynist’ – I’m only catching up with the Chained CPI news now, need to read more.

        • 136 anniebella
          April 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          I plan to wait and see what the President is talking about, then let him explain himself. I don’t want to hear all this talk about he shouldn’t do this, he shouldn’t do that. And I don’t plan on listening to the right or left nonsense, and it has already started.

  64. April 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Good mooorrrnninnnngggg, Chips, ut and TODers. Happy Friday!!

    I’m jumping for joy because I got a brand new MacBook Pro and an iPad yesterday. WOOOOOT!! Stunning machines!!

  65. 140 Nena20409
    April 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    March 2007 UE Job numbers were plus 180K
    March 2008 UE Job numbers were minus 80K
    March 2009 UE Job numbers were minus 663K
    March 2010 UE Job numbers were plus 162K
    March 2011 UE Job numbers were plus 216K……..Then the Tsunami in Japan. Boehner Speaker. The later Debt Ceiling.
    March 2012 UE Job numbers were plus 120K……Speaker Boehner’s obstructionism in Vogue.
    March 2013 UE Job numbers were plus 88K……..Speaker Boehner and the Sequester in place.

    • 141 Anna
      April 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      And here I thought when Speaker Boehner was saying it is all about jobs, jobs, jobs, I thought he meant creating jobs, not deleting, obstructing, preventing jobs

  66. 142 JER
    April 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  67. 143 anniebella
    April 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Was just watching the MSNBC show which comes on at noon, already complaining from people about the leaks from the President budget.

  68. 145 Linda
    April 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A person familiar with the decision says Tim Pernetti is out as Rutgers athletic director.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made yet. The school will hold a press conference on campus at 1 p.m.

    Pernetti dismissed basketball coach Mike Rice Wednesday after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs. The scandal has now cost Pernetti his job some five months after he didn’t fire Rice when the video first became available.

    Instead, with the approval of university president Robert Barchi, Pernetti, after being given the video in late November by a former employee, suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes. But the video was broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, and prompted scores of sharp criticism nationwide.

  69. April 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Fact …

    #TrustBarack

  70. 148 amk for obama
    April 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    cue wingnutz poutrage.

  71. April 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  72. 150 nathkatun7
    April 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Great post, UT!


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