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This and That

President Obama presents the 2013 National Teacher of the Year award to Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher from Zillah, Washington, during a Rose Garden event at the White House

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Line of the day? Charles Pierce on Max Baucus: “…. the pestilential trout-mask replica from Montana…”

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Steve Benen: ….. I’d like the folks holding Obama responsible [for gun reform] to consider a look at the recent past. In 2009 and 2010, the White House and Congress successfully approved the Recovery Act, a health care reform law 100 years in the making, Wall Street reform, DADT repeal, student loan reform, New START ratification, credit card reforms, and food-safety reforms. Are those inclined to blame Obama for gun reform’s failure prepared to argue that the president simply forgot how to twist arms in 2011? That he knew how to persuade lawmakers before, but the skill suddenly vanished?

Or is it more likely that congressional Republicans changed the game after the 2010 midterms?

I also believe there’s an ongoing reluctance among many to appreciate the scope of Republican radicalization. For many, especially in media, there’s an assumption that there are two major, mainstream political parties — one center-left, the other center-right — and an effective president can govern through competent bipartisan outreach.

Those assumptions are wrong….

Full post here

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TPM: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that Democrats may have a path forward on reviving gun legislation expanding background checks, but he suggested it’s still a work-in-progress.

…. Reid said he’s spoken to the White House and key senators involved in the issue …. “We are working on a path forward. I think we have one, but we’re not ready to move on that at this time. We’re going to do our best to get something just as soon as we can,” he said. “It’s really an issue that I feel very strongly about and the American people do also.”

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President Obama, National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau, of Zillah, Washington, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan arrive in the Rose Garden for the National Teacher of the Year ceremony

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Washington Post: On Friday, as cable news networks sought desperately to fill airtime while waiting for the latest news in the aftermath of the Boston bombings, a friend asked me, “How come there’s no manhunt for the owner of the Texas factory, which did far more damage than the Boston bombers?” He was right to wonder.

The explosion of the West Fertilizer Co. plant on April 17 in West, Tex., killed 14 people, injured more than 160 and destroyed dozens of buildings. Yet unlike the tragedy in Boston, the Texas plant explosion began to vanish from cable TV less than 36 hours after it occurred.

More here

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Jonathan Bernstein: Great takedown of sloppy presidency analysis: It seems the New York Times botched the opening anecdote in today’s front-page analysis, about Mark Begich, new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and a trip to Alaska. Olivier Knox has the full story:

Oliver Knox: ….. On Monday, the New York Times’ analysis was that the president lacks “an appetite for ruthless politics that instills fear in lawmakers.” Exhibit A, the Times said: Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska asked Obama to send newly minted Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to his home state to help get the road approved. Begich voted against the gun bill, but Jewell is still going. The rebellious senator still gets what he wants from the wobbly White House.

Case closed? Not so much. A closer look at Jewell’s trip also teaches a very different lesson, providing evidence of a president cutting deals with recalcitrant lawmakers to get what he wants. And then keeping his end of the bargain.

More here

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…. in the Oval Office, April 23

Rockin’ moustache

President Obama meets with the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, in the Oval Office

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First lady Michelle Obama visited the Interior Department today to thank workers there …. “I want you to know how much Barack and I truly appreciate everything that you do. And I know you don’t hear that. People don’t even know you exist,” she said. “It’s so true. I mean, federal workers are this invisible face. No one knows what they do, what it means, how much they benefit us.”

Video of speech here

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A year ago tomorrow – Pete Souza: “We were backstage at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the President’s appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’ The President let out a big laugh as he was being briefed by the producers and Mr. Fallon on the ‘Slow Jam the News’ segment.” April 24, 2012

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President Obama talks with Rob Nabors, Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on the South Lawn Drive of the White House, April 23 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Wednesday: The President and the First Lady will travel to Dallas to attend an event for the DNC. They will remain overnight in Dallas

Thursday: The President and the First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. They will then attend a memorial service in Waco for the victims of the fertilizer plant blast in West, Texas. Later in the day, they will return to Washington, DC, and in the evening, the President will attend the Planned Parenthood Gala

Friday: The President will host His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House

Saturday: The President and the First Lady will attend the White House Correspondents Dinner

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The Eighth Wonder of the World


163 Responses to “This and That”


  1. 1 vitaminlover
    April 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    This is MY President!

  2. 6 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Congrats vitaminlover and isonprize for 1st place tie :)

  3. April 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    From tail-end of previous thread:

    So, two no-shows?

    Had upChuck Todd’s Daily Rundown on this morning didn’t see the whole segment, but someone (maybe Blanche Lincoln?) said that female Senators get together 4 times a year for dinner. She said it’s a blast and everyone has so much fun. I think she said that tonight’s event was originally scheduled to be held at Dianne Feinstein’s house.

    She also said that Kristen Gillibrand mentioned this regularly scheduled dinner to President Obama when she was on Air Force One during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath and suggested it would be a great idea for PBO to attend.

    Can’t find the video online yet, maybe tomorrow? Conversation happened at the tail-end of the show.

    • April 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Working my way from the last post to the Rise & Shine since I haven’t really been able to check in today at work… Is this ladies’ dinner actually being attended by the President? I hope so. How lovely!

  4. 10 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    PBO is winking at me.

    • 11 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Is that the eye he always have a tear coming from when he’s giving a sad speech? Maybe that’s why he is always winking that eye. He has a tear in it.

  5. 12 PrayerWarriorforObama
    April 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Hello

  6. 13 vitaminlover
    April 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    That Teacher of the Year looks truly in awe and honored to be in the President’s company.

  7. 14 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  8. 15 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Eighth wonder of the world? Pffft…..

    I’m the eighth wonder of the world not some silly sports club.

  9. 22 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    America, do better. :lol:

  10. 23 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    • 24 miss pat
      April 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Okay Count Knoller. We already know the numbers. Gee Wiz!

    • 25 99ts
      April 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Good to see the WHPC can’t even agree on “how many are coming to dinner”

      • 26 anniebella
        April 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        I have said this before, I don’t know why any Republicans would be invited. I guess fair is fair, if he invited the men Republicans Senators, you invite the woman too. I guess.

        • 27 99ts
          April 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

          Given that GOP women represent only 20% of women in congress – shows what their party thinks of them. The President shows his views by not discriminating as to who he invites to the white house. I would not be so kind – but this is a man who sees the best in all.

          • April 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

            Did you see my comment above?

            I think Blanche Lincoln (former Dem Senator from Arkansas) said that the female senators meet for dinner about once every 3 months.

            So apparently this was a regularly scheduled dinner that Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) suggested that PBO attend when she was on Air Force One with him to view Hurricane Sandy damage.

            I’m not 100% it was Blanche Lincoln (it looked like her, but she wasn’t identified on TV while I was in the room).

  11. April 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    re: West TX plant explosion:
    This is what Texans get when they agree with those who loudly proclaim that “we don’t need no dang regulation, zoning or gubmint paperwork:”

    “In 1984, the company moved two large pressurized tanks of liquid anyhydrous ammonia, a potentially lethal poison, from a site in nearby Hill County to its current location in West without notifying state authorities.
    Seven years passed before Texas regulators took notice and told the company to fix its paperwork. The tanks had sat at their new location, near homes, schools and a nursing home, with little or no state oversight for all that time.”

    • 30 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Let’s see if the media or politicians are going to say anything about that fertilizer plant. That need some attention.

  12. April 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Okay, everybody get ready to jump on me because, I’m sick of this Boston bombing bullshit. I cried my tears, said my prayers and sent my money. Now I want them to let the FBI, or whomever do their job. I’m a little annoyed that this act, terrible as it was is considered terrorism. Is it because they were Muslim? Because to my way of thinking, if Boston was terrorism, so was Newtown, and Columbine and Denver and, and, and.

    • 32 isonprize
      April 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      if Boston was terrorism, so was Newtown, and Columbine and Denver and, and, and.

      FayPax, Well, yeah… The other events you name and many, many more were terrorism. Just ‘homegrown’ terrorists, that’s all…

    • 33 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      I’m not going to jump on you FayPax, we all have a right to express how we feel.

    • 34 99ts
      April 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      One track media – “terrorism” hurts the President – a factory imploding in Texas hurts the workers – no political win in worrying about the workers.

      Due to earlier browsing, I managed to end up on Speaker Boehner’s twitter nonsense. 90% of the tweets are screaming Benghazi – they haven’t managed to realize the new war cry is Boston.

    • 35 kathryn kivett
      April 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      I thought terrorism was…..to bring about fear through violence for a cause….to either bring publicity to that cause or to coerce a population to get results……the Boston bombings brought fear through violence to a population…….but what was the cause?…..Religion? I’m sorry, I don’t buy that…..some Muslims might not like their local grocery store advertising turkeys for Thanksgiving or some Jews might find it offensive if their local grocery store advertised hams for Christmas or some Christians might get in a snit b/c their local grocery store sells Halloween candy………….BUT THEY DON’T BLOW UP PEOPLE BECAUSE OF IT……Each incidence you named plus more instilled fear in all our hearts….fear that it might happen to us or our loved one’s…..but so far, I don’t see a cause for any of them……I just think some people are either born with the ability to let hate take over their lives or they are taught to hate…..or they are not…..

  13. April 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    • 37 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      To hell with Rand Paul, wasn’t he the one having a dam fit about the drones killing Americans citizens. His daddy didn’t become President and neither will he.

    • April 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Chips,

      I feebly tried to RT this tweet re: Rand Paul to you, but because of space limitations, no doubt came through as garbled gobbledygook.

      • 41 anniebella
        April 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        These Republicans are trying to derail this Immigration reform. I have never seen such a bunch of sorry human beings as these Republicans.

  14. 42 MightyPamela
    April 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Some of us are here, resting, lurking, behaving quietly without any fuss or bother. ;) {{{{Chipsticks}}}}. {{{{PBO}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}

      • 44 anniebella
        April 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        It was on the local news that someone hack into AP computers and said something about an explosion at the WH and POTUS was hurt.

    • 45 99ts
      April 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I replied to your “picture” comment from earlier Mighty one – hope the lurking is healing

      • 46 MightyPamela
        April 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        Well. It would be if I was really just lurking, and not running around on these damn crutches CLEANING THE HOUSE! What?? Yes, I confess, I have some very special people coming in for tea on Friday morning, and if I was a really intelligent woman, I would know they don’t mind a bit of dust, considering my circumstances of the past 5 weeks. But OH NO, not Mighty Pamela, she just cannot leave a bit of dust and cobwebs to lie (we don’t notice this sort of thing too much until the SUN comes out!)… so, hobble and crutch, limp and gasp… I am going to have some supper and get into the damn bed. There. I really will. And if I don’t pass out quickly, I will come back on the iPad and say goodnight to TOD! (great story, eh?) :)

        • 47 99ts
          April 24, 2013 at 1:15 am

          Hi Pamela – I hate to have visitors when the house doesn’t look perfect – but sometimes – needs must. IF YOU WANT THE LEG TO HEAL – do as the doctor says – If I knew your friends I would ring them up and tell them to make you be good!

          But yes – I do understand Stay safe.

    • 48 miss pat
      April 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Mighty Pamela, If you can find my e-mail send me a link and I will send you something to help you pass time. Four hundred and nine pages to keep you occupied while you put your foot up. If not let me know and I will search and see if I have yours. You set me an e-mail re hotel fees reimbursements so you can look there.

      • 49 MightyPamela
        April 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        I will find you, MissPat, or I will ask our blog chieftainess to connect us.. but I am still working on Ruth’s Miracle, and so am in pretty good shape, always appreciate anything to help with healing! Blessings!

        • 50 miss pat
          April 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

          Okay that sounds good. I don’t think I could find you anyway forgot your government name if I had it LOL

          • 51 MightyPamela
            April 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

            Whew. Miss Pat! I have finally found you, I think, I hope! Between PayPal and Amazon, I feel like I could use one of those Bombay Sapphire thingos amk is always going on about….. anyway! The email I used way back then is gone, and a new one you may not recognize is up, so you may find me languishing in your SPAM folder, like a bad guy! You will see MIGHTY PAMELA as a subject line… fingers crossed. Whew. That was hard, so much has happened in the past year……

  15. 54 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    The ‘OTHER’ = It pains my little heart to see how much I’m missing! Howdy everybody, how have you all been? Hopefully everyone has been displaying their ‘company’ behaviour while not allowing our rwnj neighbours to upset them. It’s only me, with a wee bit of energy to hang around for a little bit. I’ll be somewhere around trying to see what’s been happening in my absence.

    • 55 MightyPamela
      April 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      VC. VC. VC. VC. It pains my heart not to see you here…

      • 56 vcprezofan2
        April 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        About as much as it pains mine, P! :-( I feel totally discombobulated (not even sure what that means but it sounds about right) ;) so I’m literally counting off the days. I hear a rumour the person for whom I’m a temporary fill-in may be off part of next week too; I’m really wishing her good health results. If she does return next Thursday I am definitely going to be ‘unavailable’ for long enough to get back into the swing of TOD village. BTW, I’m really not griping, but …….. (yeah, right!)

        • 57 MightyPamela
          April 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

          Of course you are not griping….. {{{{VC}}}}

          • 58 vcprezofan2
            April 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

            TY. :lol:

            • 59 MightyPamela
              April 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

              (pssstt: i found a little sumptin’ I am sending your way, if I am ever allowed to drive again and can get to a Post Office!) Our secret…. ;)

              • 60 vcprezofan2
                April 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

                Oh no! I get really swell-headed easily, so you don’t want to be sending me anything in the mail – virtually or otherwise. I’ll just enjoy the thought. :razz:

        • 61 theo67
          April 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

          I was wondering what had happened to you! You’ve been missing in action even more than I have!! Enjoy the time at work, and hurry back. :)

          • 62 vcprezofan2
            April 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm

            Hi there, Theo, my deah! It’s been a while. :grin:

            Counting the minutes, really and truly! Fortunately it’s a nice place to work; the people are friendly and the hours are good. The problem is the things I have to do once I get home, plus an extremely unusual (for me) weekend of planned activities I couldn’t shirk. It should be a wee bit better going forward. We’ll see.

  16. 64 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    eighth wonder of the world . the soccer ball ?

  17. 65 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    • 66 Jovie
      April 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      But, they do it because democrats do not fight back and the liberal media is to worried about DRONES! :(

    • April 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Part of 1 of 2 to you re: our infuriatingly and self-absorbed lazy media:

      • 69 99ts
        April 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        Goldman Sachs – not a good group to quote as experts given the financial collapse in 2008 – wonder why they didn’t speak up as to how unfunded wars and CEO excesses were damaging the economy in 2008. Where were they when Enron was fooling the country 2000/2001. The President has been saying austerity is damaging for the past 3 years – but the pundits ignore the administration and quote those who helped bring the country to the edge of disaster.

        “Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs has become perhaps the most prominent symbol for everything that is wrong with the U.S. financial system, but most Americans cannot even begin to explain what they do or how they have made tens of billions of dollars from the economic collapse of America” – Dec 30, 2009

        http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/how-goldman-sachs-made-tens-of-billions-of-dollars-from-the-economic-collapse-of-america-in-four-easy-steps

        The whole idea of the GOP and its “austerity” is to get elected in 2016 and say – gosh look at the economy – we can start another big spend. And the roller coaster goes on. IF the GOP allowed the administration to do as it wants in economic terms, the economy of the US would have been back on an even keel well before 2012.

        • April 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

          Agree with you 100% 99ts.

          It’s absolutely IMMORAL and OBSCENE the amount of money those casino operators, oops I mean “investment bankers” make for essential doing nothing but rigging the system. They don’t produce anything or contribute to society (outside of the 1/10th of 1%).

          http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/pay-stretching-to-10-figures/?smid=tw-share

          • 71 99ts
            April 24, 2013 at 1:12 am

            There is NOTHING “old fashioned” about paying oneself millions – regardless as to how it is earned. I am happy to pay an investment adviser (not that I have much to invest) – but a % of my money – gain or lose – no thank you.

            I saw that tweet earlier & was just too disgusted to talk of it – Enron employees lost everything when enron imploded – the bankers and investment gurus still took their %.

    • 72 a4alice
      April 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      hey japa – are you @deaconmill?

  18. 75 anniebella
    April 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I was watching the tail end of Hardball and they were showing the young lady who won best actress Oscar, and she was introducing the ex-President Bill Clinton at the GLAAD Awards, and she said President Clinton, then she realize what she said, of course Matthews said that he don’t think to many people would be upset with her. I know Matthews wasn’t upset cause he wish it was still President Clinton, Bill or Hillary.

    • 76 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      You realize that was done on purpose, right? As far as GLAAD is concerned, Bill Clinton is THEIR President and the current President could go to tell. Matthews is just playing along, because it suits his agenda – for now.

      • 77 anniebella
        April 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

        No I didn’t realize it was done on purpose. This President have done a lot for gay rights, what are they upset with him about now. They haven’t gotten 100% of what they want.

  19. 78 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    House Republicans are livid that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is objecting to the State Department’s plans to proceed with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and accuse the regulatory agency of trying to shut down the project by saddling it with endless delays and analysis.

    On Monday, the EPA submitted a comment to the State Department’s draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of the pipeline’s route, noting it included “insufficient information” and “does not provide a detailed analysis” of alternative routes.
    “EPA’s comments yesterday on the State Department’s draft EIS are the perfect example of government run amok,” said a statement from Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), who in March introduced a bill that would force the State Department, which is reviewing the pipeline proposal, to approve the project.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/energyenvironment/295663-gop-criticizes-epa-comments-on-keystone-xl-path#ixzz2RKxeAPan

    Always political, never let up! :(

    • 79 MightyPamela
      April 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Keystone Pipeline must NEVER EVER be allowed to pass. It will be a disaster of proportions never seen on this planet. The Earth is already in serious trouble, Keystone will break her. I know it in my heart.

  20. 85 JER
    April 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Streaming: Vice President Biden Speaks at the Time 100 Dinner (Audio Only) – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  21. 86 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    So the ricin suspect is released ? fbi is having a bad time, isn’t it?

    • 87 japa21
      April 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Looks like he was set up by someone who had a grudge and knew about his instability.

      • 88 amk for obama
        April 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        fbi should get back to the old way of doing things on the qt instead of running to the tradmed turdmed and social media with each new ‘breaking’ lead.

    • 89 miss pat
      April 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      He said he doesn’t even eat rice. That was funny.

  22. 90 yardarm756
    April 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I wish someone would put a WMD under the front row of the pressers. Sorry, the front two rows. I don’t want to forget Knoller. :-)

    • 91 theo67
      April 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      A gentle nudge: You really shouldn’t even joke about that, yardarm. That would be a tragedy, regardless of the worthlessness of the press.

      • 92 yardarm756
        April 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        True theo but I get this way evey time I watch one of those pressers. I’ll try to do better. Maybe throw my monitor at the wall.

  23. April 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  24. 100 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Justice files suit against Lance Armstrong
    Justin Sink
    04/23/13 08:08 PM ET
    The Justice Department said the cyclist was “unjustly enriched” while he used steroids to win multiple Tour de France titles.…

    • 101 99ts
      April 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I find this an absolute waste of time and money – Justice should go check out EVERY famous sports person – they might just get a big surprise about the reality of professional sport.

      When they decide to prosecute the bankers who were “unjustly enriched” during the Bush administration – then I might think differently about their motives.

      • 102 jacquelineoboomer
        April 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        Wonder if it was because Lance was sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, if I’m recalling correctly? Maybe it’s those dollars to which Justice is referring? Not sure.

        • 103 99ts
          April 24, 2013 at 1:20 am

          Hi Jacqueline
          Some things are important – I do not put Lance Armstrong into the list. If the justice department could work towards helping the post office survive the wrath of the GOP – that would be money well spent.

          Sorting out the implosion in the Texas factory is important – another thing Justice could be doing.

          “Popular” causes do not make a Justice Department. Someone thinks they could win favor by attacking Armstrong as they did with Aaron Swartz – neither is/was relevant to a democratic society.

    • 104 prettyfoot58
      April 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      The banks were unjustly enriched….they would make a better target

  25. April 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Sorry for the flurry of tweets, but it seems that journalists tweet a lot after 8pm eastern time.

    MSM would do well to pay attention to our President when he states what his goals are.

    1. Gun control/safety
    2. Immigration
    3. Grand bargain (reform income tax)

  26. 107 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Debt of contention: The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up a measure on Wednesday that is sharply dividing congressional Republicans and Democrats.
    House Republican leaders are pushing for passage of a debt ceiling “prioritization” bill ahead of a possible battle this summer over raising the nation’s borrowing authority.
    To say Democrats don’t like the idea would be an understatement — they say the GOP bill is a clear sign that Republicans want to repeat 2011’s debt battle.
    Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) said on Tuesday that “apparently Republicans have forgotten how badly they hurt the American economy the last time they turned our nation toward default.”
    “Otherwise they would not be entertaining this dangerous legislation,” he said.
    “Acting on legislation to prioritize our bills in the event of a default renews the economic uncertainty that Republicans have forced American workers and businesses to live through far too many times in recent years. For the sake of American workers and businesses, and the economy as a whole, Republicans must stop playing games and start governing.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1007-other/295665-overnight-money-#ixzz2RL6y4pE0

    The Republicans are such assholes! Man Alive.

  27. April 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

  28. 109 yardarm756
    April 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Being female is no fun in this society and getting worse.

    https://twitter.com/iefap1940/status/326871131963392000

    • 110 japa21
      April 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      They don’t know the legal ramifications of this. Let’s assume age of consent is 16. Does this now make it 15 and 3 months. Age to drink is 21, does this now make it 20 and 3 months.
      Plus, since this whole thing is to make abortion illegal, it will get thrown out in courts

      • 111 theo67
        April 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Someone mentioned a few months ago that the GOP are passing these unconstitutional laws in an effort to get abortion back in front of the Supreme Court, where their right wing buddies can outlaw it at the federal level.

      • 112 yardarm756
        April 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        I hope so. Good point though. I gotta quit being so emotional about this stuff.

    • April 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      What is WRONG with these people?

      These Republican fools want to all Americans to be the equivalent of “barefoot and pregnant.”

      If they spent their energies on something other than nosing around in strangers’ bedrooms and wombs, they might be of service to this country.

      Sheesh.

    • 117 amk for obama
      April 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  29. 119 desertflower
    April 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    So fucking migraine inducing! http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/bushs-legacy-atrocities-nowhere-be-seen-his-new-library-and-local-paper-wont

    Wish he’d feel particularly emboldened and arrogant, and take take Laura to Paris or something….one way ticket would suffice

  30. 121 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  31. 123 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm

  32. 126 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

  33. 127 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  34. 128 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  35. 132 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Sorry folks, just in a weird mood tonight

    • 133 theo67
      April 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      It’s not just the media that’s the problem – it’s all the people who allow themselves to be duped and continue to vote against their own best interests. I saw a snippet of a woman being interviewed tonight whose house was destroyed in the Texas blast. She said her heart goes out to the owners of the plant for everything they’re going through… She clearly can’t connect one thing with the other, and doesn’t understand that the plant owners are the ones who opted for profits over safety. The plant owners are the ones who didn’t install a single sprinkler or safety measure in a plant that was housing many times over the limit of explosive materials. and she can’t see that her own child who goes to the school down the road from the plant could have been seriously injured by that explosion if the kids had been at school or playing close by. It’s mind-blowing how ignorant some people can be.

      • 134 japa21
        April 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        Well, if the media doesn’t bring it up, how is she to know. In the very few actual main media stories I have read there has been little about what the oners were like. That is starting to change, but only in the local media.

        • 135 amk for obama
          April 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

          Still, peeps can’t be that stupid to mourn for the factory owner than for the victims, of which she and her family could have been one. While the third rate is the main cause and abetter of gop extremism, people should use their commonsense too.

    • 137 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      You’re on a roll. Thanks for giving voice to thoughts rattling around in my head.

  36. 138 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Last one for a while

  37. 141 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  38. 142 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  39. 143 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  40. 144 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    • 145 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      One less right wing nut in the House. One step closer to getting rid of that idiot Boehner. And what was the former South Carolina Governor in his ex-wife house for.

  41. 146 amk for obama
    April 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    He was a star forward in the football team which won the World Cup in 1974 and off the field, he’s been almost as influential, presiding over the relentless – and continuing – rise of Bayern Munich to greatness.

    When Bayern thrashed the mighty Barcelona on Tuesday evening, Mr Hoeness sported his red supporter’s scarf and gaudy scarlet jacket, the son of a butcher who rose to celebrity through his boots – and to riches by setting up a business making sausages.

    But now he finds himself at the centre of a row over taxes. He admitted that he had a Swiss bank account: “Through my tax adviser I turned myself in to the tax authorities in January, 2013. It was in relation to a Swiss bank account of mine,” he said. That has unleashed a volley of criticism as fierce as the goals he used to score.

    ….

    Uli Hoeness is not a politician. But he is a big public figure, and one who was big on probity: the sports star turned businessman turned chat-show guest with an opinion on everything – including business ethics.

    From his position in a television studio, he opined: “You can’t preach the virtues of water and then drink wine.”

    Subsequently, with the revelation of the Swiss account, Die Zeit wrote: “Hoeness always put great importance on morals. He would even frequently chat with Chancellor Angela Merkel.”

    Chancellor Merkel is unlikely to be talking much to him now. Her spokesman said: “Many people in Germany are now disappointed in Uli Hoeness. The Chancellor is among these people.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22262812

  42. 147 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Pathetic…

  43. 151 yardarm756
    April 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Let ‘er rip!

  44. 153 anniebella
    April 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Seem like people are starting to feel the effects of the sequester, and it might just get worse. The people only have those Republicans to blame.

  45. 154 anniebella
    April 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Thinking about Thursday, I’m sure FLOTUS is just looking forward till the G.W. Bush lie-brary opening. Not.

  46. April 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm

  47. 160 anniebella
    April 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    The NRA is the biggest danger to our safety as any terrorists. Thanks to those weasels in the Senate and House.

  48. 163 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Oh God, here we go again? They’re blaming the FBI and drones this morning.
    Now I wonder who leaked this info?
    Sources: RNC, John Boner, Mitch McConnel, Etc. only to be duped by the news saying the sources are US Government officials.
    America is a hot mess of opinions, and the knee jerk reaction is to blame the government. :(


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