8:0: The President delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner; The First Lady attends
Tomorrow: The President has no public events scheduled
Monday: The President will deliver remarks at the National Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary
Tuesday: As part of the Joining Forces initiative, President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses. This event will take place at the White House
Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House
Thursday: In the morning, the President will depart Washington, DC for his visit to Mexico and Costa Rica
Friday: In the afternoon, the President will depart Mexico for Costa Rica
Saturday: In the afternoon, the President will depart Costa Rica and return to Washington, DC
Sunday: The President will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University. He will return to Washington, DC, later that day
Please note: formal dress only for the WHCD, so any TODers who turn up here tonight in jeans will be thrown out.
Breaking: AMK wants to wear his pajamas, because of timezone issues – so, he has an exemption.
ThinkProgress: 12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts
After thousands of flight delays across the country this week, the Senate voted Thursday night to give the Federal Aviation Administration the flexibility to keep the nation’s airports running smoothly … That means lawmakers will be able to fly home for recess this weekend without any delays ….. Unfortunately, though, Congress has shown no willingness to provide similar relief for the families that are being hammered by sequestration in other ways. Here are 12 programs that have experienced devastating cuts because Congress insists on cutting spending when it doesn’t need to — and that have been ignored by the same lawmakers who leaped to action as soon as their trips home were going to take a little longer:
1 Long-term unemployment, 2 Head Start, 3 Cancer treatment, 4 Health research, 5 Low-income housing, 6 Student aid, 7 Meals On Wheels, 8 Disaster relief,
9 Heating assistance, 10 Workplace safety, 11 Obamacare, 12 Child care….
See post for details
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask when this f*cking plane will take off.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) April 26, 2013
Business Insider: his week G.E. Capital Finance announced that it would no longer finance gun purchases, becoming the latest in a string of companies that have decided to leave a large amount of money on the table rather than risk their reputations on the gun business.
It’s one of the few places where the high-profile publicity campaign in support of increased gun control has led to a real world result….
A really powerful website: TheyDontWorkForYou.org
Business Insider: A Republican Senator who sponsored a controversial amendment to expand background checks received a record-high approval rating in a new poll. Another Republican Senator who voted against the measure saw her approval rating drop drastically.
Those are the ramifications that have come out of last week’s failed vote to expand background checks, something that gun-control advocates think will cause backlash since 90 percent of voters routinely approved of the measure.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who co-sponsored the amendment with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, saw his approval rating jump to 48 percent in a new Quinnipiac poll. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who voted against the measure, saw her approval rating dip to 44 percent in a new Public Policy Polling survey.
Peggy Noonan wrote another lump of bile and spite this week about the President – Charles Pierce’s opening paragraph on her hate-fest was, as usual, magnificent:
Charles Pierce: Our Lady Of The Magic Dolphins apparently has gone so far around the bend that she ought to be passing us again any minute now. Today’s delusional episode concerns the opening of the Great Manure Locker down in Dallas, and la Noonan apparently feels beset again by the current’s president’s education, his use of multisyllabic words, and his disinclination to give her his foot to fondle. This has set the bats aloft in her overly populated belfry again ….. Jesus, woman, he’s smarter than you are. So is whatever you had for breakfast. Get over it, please.
Full post here – but be warned, it includes extracts from the turd’s trash.
Mediaite: Rep. Michele Bachmann was afforded 90 seconds to speak on the floor of the House leading up to the vote to end air traffic controller furloughs …. rather than use her time to express why she planned to vote for the measure, Bachmann chose to criticize the speeches made by some of her Democratic colleagues, leading to an unfortunately mangled Shakespeare quote….
…. “There were numerous Republicans that voted against the sequestration because we knew all of these calamities were in the future. And so it reminds me of the Shakespeare line: ‘Thou protestest too much.’”
….. the actual line, spoken by Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, reads, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”….
Full post here (with video)
Completely random magazine covers because, well, it’s Saturday:
Bonus pic (because it’s still Saturday):