Archive for January 23rd, 2014

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President Obama Speaks At The Conference Of Mayors Reception

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a reception with U.S. mayors at the White House

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President Barack Obama listens to Vice President Joe Biden as he speaks at a reception with U.S. mayors at the White House

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President Barack Obama greets the audience with “shaka” sign, a traditional Hawaiian greeting

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President Obama takes a question from a mayor as he address the 82nd Winter Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors, at the White House

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Jan
14

Fictional Will McAvoy speaks more truth than real Jeff Zucker

I could say more, and probably will, but for now, Will McAvoy speaks for me. Read the tweets starting from the bottom.

Go read Chez Pazienza’s piece here. And keep chatting.

23
Jan
14

Heads Up: Pres. Obama Speaks At The Conference Of Mayors

U.S. President Barack Obama walks out with two bags of cheesecake from Junior's Restaurant next to Democratic Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn

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23
Jan
14

Healthy Kids, Healthy Nation

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SUBWAY Famous Fan and 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, joins the First Lady Michelle Obama, and famous fan Justin Tuck, and local area kids for lunch at a SUBWAY store

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First Lady Michelle Obama teams up with Subway to promote a revamped kids’ menu. Olympian Michael Phelps, joins her.

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White House:  First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Commitment by Subway® Restaurants to Promote Healthier Choices to Kids

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and SUBWAY® along with SUBWAY® Famous Fans Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin, and Justin Tuck at a local Washington, DC, SUBWAY® Restaurant, to announce a three-year commitment by the chain in support of her Let’s Move! initiative to promote healthier choices to kids, including launching its largest targeted marketing effort to date.  In addition to strengthening its already nutritious menu offerings to kids, SUBWAY® will launch a new series of campaigns for kids aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and will set new standards for marketing products to families.

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“I’m excited about these initiatives not just as a First Lady, but also as a mom,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.   “Subway’s kids’ menu makes life easier for parents, because they know that no matter what their kids order, it’s going to be a healthy choice.” As part of its commitment, the SUBWAY® restaurant chain will: only offer items on its kids menus that meet strong nutritional guidelines informed by federal standards for the national school lunch program, including offering apples as a side and low-fat or non-fat milk or water as a default beverage. deliver $41 million in media value in the next three years to market healthier options to children and families, with a specific focus on increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables. This is the brand’s largest kid-focused marketing campaign to date, and includes general marketing, in-store merchandising, television, social and digital media and public relations.

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SUBWAY Famous Fans Justin Tuck, and Nastia Liukin work behind the counter to serve up Fresh Fit sandwiches to First Lady Michelle Obama and local area children during an event in Washington, D.C., to announce SUBWAY Restaurants’ recent recognition by the Partnership for A Healthier America. Also pictured at left is Jared Fogle “The Subway Guy”, and famous fan Michael Phelps.

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23
Jan
14

Chat Away

Completely Random Old Pic to show solidarity with our snowed-in TODers :???:

Now, chat on!

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Jan
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama places a phone call at his desk in the Oval Office, Jan. 23, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern):

12:45: Jay Carney’s press briefing

5:15: President Obama delivers remarks at a reception with U.S. mayors, East Room

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TPM: 6 Million People Have Enrolled In Medicaid Since Obamacare Launched

Some 6.3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since Oct. 1, when HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts went live, according to a new report from the Obama administration. The report covers Medicaid enrollments through the end of December.

States that expanded Medicaid saw a boom in enrollments in December, corresponding with a similar surge in private coverage enrollees through the insurance marketplaces. Medicaid enrollments were up 73 percent in those states last month compared to the pre-Obamacare monthly average. In states that didn’t expand Medicaid, enrollment was up 3 percent in December.

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ThinkProgress: Mitch McConnell Boasts About Supporting Government Sponsored Health Care In New Campaign Ad

Sen. Mitch McConnell is out with a new campaign ad touting his success in securing free preventive health care services for Kentuckians. The spot, titled “Cares,” tries to paint the Senate Minority Leader as a compassionate Republican who carries a moral obligation to provide sick people with access to government-sponsored health care.

It’s a message you wouldn’t expect from a Republican senate leader who has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and continues to oppose its implementation in Kentucky. But the minute-long ad, featuring Robert Pierce, an energy worker and throat cancer survivor, highlights the Republican Senate leader’s effort to secure “cancer screening programs” for Kentuckians and provide them with government compensation.

The assistance is the result of an entitlement McConnell secured for former employees of a plant in Paducah, Kentucky who were exposed to high levels of uranium throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and who now suffer from cancer or other ailments …. McConnell had initially “kept the plant’s doors open” to guarantee jobs for his constitutes, even as “the plant’s toxins had spread through the air and into the ground, slowly killing its own workers and tainting the surrounding area.”

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The Daily Beast: The GOP’s Birth-Control Trojan Horse

The right wants to use religion as an excuse to legally discriminate against gays and unmarried women—and, ultimately, anyone who doesn’t share their Christian faith.

Ever since the Obama administration included contraception in the list of services that insurers must cover for clients without a copay, conservatives have been on the attack. As far as most right-wing media is concerned—and definitely as far as the average conservative on the ground is concerned—the problem with the mandate is that it supposedly forces others to “pay for” a woman’s “lifestyle” choice.

Even though the insurance policies in question actually belong to the women, who usually earned them as part of their compensation packages at work or who paid for directly with premiums, conservatives routinely portray women who use their own insurance to pay for their own medicine as layabouts forcing other people pay for their birth control. Some conservatives even go so far as to erroneously claim that taxpayers are footing the bill for insurance companies to cover contraception.

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TPM: Virginia AG To Join Fight Against State’s Gay Marriage Ban

Newly-minted Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) said he will not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriages after concluding it was unconstitutional.

“As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians’ rights,” Herring said in an interview with NPR airing Thursday. “The commonwealth will be siding with the plaintiffs in this case and with every other Virginia couple whose right to marry is being denied.”

…. Virginia is considered a critical battleground in the nationwide fight to grant same-sex couples the right to wed.

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Peter Beinart (Haaretz): The only ‘leader’ who speaks for American Jews on Iran is Barack Obama

Most American Jews support Obama’s policies on Iran – so in whose name are their so-called ‘leaders’ sabotaging his nuclear diplomacy?

… in recent months, the press has been filled with headlines like: “White House Briefs Jewish Leaders on Iran Nuclear Deal,” “American Jewish Leaders Censure Nuclear Deal,” and “Obama Urges Jewish Leaders Not to Back Iran Sanctions.”

The implication is that there’s a conflict between the White House, which want a softer line on Iran, and American Jews who – represented by their “leaders” – want a tougher one. It’s an influential storyline. And it’s utter nonsense.

In truth, the only person who can legitimately claim to speak for American Jews on the subject of Iran is the very guy American Jewish “leaders” oppose: Barack Obama. Look at the evidence. In 2012, Mitt Romney slammed Obama for not supporting tougher sanctions against Iran and for not more explicitly pledging that, if sanctions fail to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, the U.S. will attack.  In so doing, Romney road-tested the critique leveled by Benjamin Netanyahu and many American Jewish “leaders.”

The result? Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote.

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Steve Benen: Election panel eyes reforms

On the night President Obama won a second term, he thanked “every American who participated” in the election, whether they voted “for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time.” He quickly added a line that wasn’t in the written text: “By the way, we have to fix that.”

And as we talked about last March, the president didn’t forget about the issue. Obama referenced the issue again in his inaugural address: “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.” A month later, in a State of the Union address, the president went a step further, not only emphasizing the need for election reforms, but vowing to create “a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in America – and it definitely needs improvement.”

The White House assembled the commission, which, following six months of effort, released its report this morning. It’s actually better than I expected it to be….

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Jim Stuart: Our Transformational President

Have you read David Remnick’s article in the current New Yorker? If not, do. Soon. Remnick listens to Obama without apparent lenses. He even discards the almost always present lens of “Are you succeeding or failing?” Healthcare is hardly mentioned. The article almost seems to me to exist without apparent intention or angle. We are invited to experience the President, through his own words, almost in slow motion, as he answers Remnick’s many thoughtful questions. Obama (to my view) neither lectures nor sells. He expresses himself, sometimes taking a long moment before beginning. Remnick notes this characteristic of the President, not as judgment, but rather so we can experience this too. The words. And the space between the words.

A brilliant piece. The first one I’ve found where the author isn’t trying to figure Obama out, and where we are gently told not to bring all our judgments to the reading, but to relax, sit back, simply experience the man.

Remnick does not say that Obama is a transformational leader. That’s my conclusion …. Let me move to my evidence…

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Naughty – but I LOL’ed: Posted on Facebook by Wisconsin State Assemblywoman Christine Sinicki during Scott Walker‘s State of the State address – naturally, the right are OUTRAGED (Mediaite)

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ThinkProgress: Behind West Virginia’s Massive Chemical Spill, A History Of Poverty And Pollution

“In my childhood, I fished these streams, I spent time in these streams,” Gunnoe, who lives in Bob White, a town in Boone County, said. “That’s what we did. Nobody needed a pool; the streams were our playground.”

In September, the stream where she used to fish and play as a child turned white. The culprit was 2,400 gallons of a chemical called DT-50-D, which is used to cover coal and rail cars to cut down on dust. It had leaked into the river from the Eastern Associated Coal prep plant, and to Gunnoe, it was just one more example of how the coal and chemical industries have polluted West Virginia — the second poorest state in the nation — over her lifetime.
This happens all the time. The coal companies are using stuff here that would absolutely eat the skin off of your body.

Industrial pollution, like what turned the Pond Fork River white, is a constant worry for many West Virginians, but Gunnoe said it took a major chemical spill like the one that polluted the water of 300,0000 West Virginians to get the nation to notice.

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On This Day:

President Obama talks alone with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Oval Office following Bipartisan meeting, Jan. 23, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, in the Oval Office, Jan. 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Jan
14

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