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Rise and Shine

President Obama listens as Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom offers a toast during the State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House, March 14, 2012. Samantha Cameron is seated at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern)

10:30: President Obama meets with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny of Ireland

1:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

12:0: President Obama attends a St Patrick’s Day lunch at the U.S Capitol with PM Kenny. The Vice President also attends.

5:10: The President and First Lady host a St Patrick’s Day reception, East Room

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Examiner: Affordable Care Act Recovers Record Amount From Healthcare Fraud

In a report released on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the agencies announced that in the 2013 fiscal year the Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacare,’ was in part responsible for the record-breaking $4.3 billion recovery of funds lost due to Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Over the past four years approximately $16.61 billion has been recovered from such fraud, a 219% increase over the previous four- year period’s recovery of $7.57 billion. The savings is a return of $8.10 for every dollar used to fight Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

More here

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Elias Isquith: Canadian Doctor Makes Anti-Obamacare Senator Look Like A Buffoon

Speaking before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, masterfully showed how to smack down a disingenuous politician’s misleading and misinformed questions with courtesy, intelligence and, well, facts. In this instance, the role of disingenuous and ill-informed politician was played by North Carolina’s GOP Sen. Richard Burr, who decided to use his question time to imply that the Canadian healthcare system was bad because it led to Canadian doctors moving to America and rich people going to the U.S. to get complicated and expensive surgery. These were both good points — except for the fact that they were, as Martin made clear, completely wrong.

“Dr. Martin, in your testimony, you note that Canadian doctors exiting the public system for the private sector has had the effect of increasing waiting lists for patients seeking public health care,” Burr began. “Why are doctors exiting the public system in Canada?” “Thank you for your question, Senator,” Martin responded. “If I didn’t express myself in a way that made myself understood, I apologize. There are no doctors exiting the public system in Canada; and in fact we see a net influx of physicians from the United States into the Canadian system over the last number of years.”

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AP: Obama Orders Review Of US Deportation Practices

Seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates, President Barack Obama is directing the government to find more humane ways to handle deportation for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the White House said Thursday. With prospects for an immigration overhaul in Congress appearing ever dimmer, immigration advocates have been ramping up pressure on Obama to halt all deportations — a step Obama has insisted he can’t take by himself. By announcing he’s open to changing how the U.S. enforces its current laws, Obama is signaling he may be growing more inclined to test the limits of his authority in the face of congressional inaction.

Obama’s announcement came Thursday in a meeting with Latino lawmakers who are seeking ways to resuscitate an immigration overhaul despite resistance from Republicans and election-year politics that have confounded their efforts. The White House said Obama told the lawmakers — all Democrats — that he’s deeply concerned about the pain that families suffer when they are separated due to a broken immigration system. “He told the members that he has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law,” the White House said in a statement.

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Olexiy Haran: Don’t Believe The Russian Propaganda About Ukraine’s ‘Fascist’ Protesters

The Kremlin uses many kinds of falsifications to justify its aggression against Ukraine and plans to annex Crimean peninsula. One of which is that the mass protests of Ukrainians against the corrupt and bloody regime of Viktor Yanukovych, called the Euromaidan, was a gathering of far-right extremists intent on imposing nationalist rule over all other ethnic groups in Ukraine. But the Euromaidan was anything but this.

Although many Ukrainian nationalists passionately joined in the protests in central Kiev against Yanukovych’s plans to get Ukraine into a Moscow-led customs union instead of signing a forward-looking association agreement with the EU, the maidan was a place of multi-ethnic national solidarity in the face of repression. One shouldn’t forget that Sergey Nigoyan, the first victim of police ruthlessness in the Maidan, was an ethnic Armenian who came to support the protest from the Russian-speaking Dnipropetrovsk region in eastern Ukraine. Jews actively joined the ranks of protesters and a religious Jew headed one of the maidan self-defence units, passing command status to his Ukrainian deputy every Friday after the beginning of sabbath.

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Jamelle Bouie: What Paul Ryan Gets Wrong About ‘Inner-City’ Poverty

Ryan’s target isn’t “the poor”—a broad category that includes a large swath of Americans—as much as it’s the “inner city poor,” which for most people, translates to the black poor. Inner-city poverty didn’t just happen, it was built. It’s the job of a policymaker to understand the full scope of what that means, from the blueprints of past policies, to their implementation, to the forces that drove the issues to begin with. And in the case of urban poverty, the issue was racism. If the industrial cities of the Midwest and Northeast are heavily segregated—places like Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia—

it’s because they were made that way, through law, policy, and violence. Starved of public and private investment—from schools and libraries to home loans and business development—they collapsed into the same dysfunction we see whenever we isolate a community from general prosperity, and punish its members for trying to escape. And if Ryan would look closer at the communities he’s trying to reach, he’d see countless people participating in the “culture of work.” He doesn’t have to look far, either. In Washington D.C., he could ride an 80 bus to the Capitol, early on a weekday morning. There, he’d be packed next to men and women coming from the other side of the city to work crappy jobs at long hours for the sake of their families. They don’t need lectures about the “value of work”; they need material support for their livelihoods.

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Tara Culp-Ressler: 3 States Trying To Follow In Texas’ Footsteps And Shut Down Abortion Clinics

Texas isn’t the first state to shut down abortion clinics, and it won’t be the last. A stringent new law in the Lone Star State requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges with a local hospital, a medically unnecessary requirement that’s often impossible for doctors to comply with. Since hospitals are often wary to make partnerships with abortion providers, these state laws are effective tools to drive clinics out of business. Texas’ law has forced dozens of clinics to close, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

After the most recent round of closures, the second-largest state in the country now has a 400-mile swath without a single reproductive health facility that performs abortion services. This past summer, the fight over Texas’ law captured national headlines — and inspired anti-choice lawmakers in other states to adopt the same strategy. Here are the other places that are currently advancing Texas-style restrictions to shutter abortion clinics:

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Danny Vinik: The Senate Has A Deal On Unemployment Benefits. Here’s What You Need To Know

We have a deal. Five Senate Democrats and five Senate Republicans have agreed upon legislation to extend emergency unemployment insurance for five months, retroactive to December 28. Here’s everything you need to know: Pension smoothing? It’s an accounting technique that allows companies to backload their pension contributions. This increases their profits in the near-term and increases revenues the government collects from them. But over the long-term, companies have to contribute the full amount to employee pensions. And that means less revenue for the government later on. So it’s a trick designed to pay for something today by running up higher bills in the future.

OK. That’s the back story. What happened today?

Today, a bipartisan group of senators (five Democrats, five Republicans) agreed to a five-month extension of unemployment insurance, retroactive to its expiration on December 28. To pay for it, the senators included the “pension smoothing” gimmick and extended customs fees through 2024. The legislation also includes reforms, from Senators Tom Coburn and Jon Tester, that prevent people who earned more than $1 million in the previous year from collecting unemployment benefits.

In English, what does that really mean?

It means people who have been out of work more than 26 weeks and less than 73 would receive a big check from the government for unemployment benefits they would’ve been collecting over the past 10 weeks. If you were out of work 70 weeks as of December 28, you’d receive three weeks of unemployment insurance. If you were unemployed 50 weeks as of then, you’d receive 10 weeks of benefits now and continue receiving them until the five month extension expires. Oh, that’s assuming you didn’t make more than a million dollars last year. If you did, then you wouldn’t get anything.

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Gabriel Arana: Ezra Klein’s Queer New Hire

On Tuesday, former Washington Post pundit (and Prospect alum) Ezra Klein sent a shock wave through the gay community by announcing he had hired gay anti-gay apologist Brandon Ambrosino to join him at Vox Media, the much-hyped digital venture that’s aiming to remake journalism for the Internet age. Liberal watchdog group Media Matters was the first to sound the alarm, but within a day, gay-rights supporters—from Mark Stern at Slate to John Aravosis at AmericaBlog—had joined the chorus of voices asking Klein: What were you thinking?

In an interview on Wednesday evening, Klein told me he hadn’t read the pieces that had kicked up so much dust before bringing Ambrosino on but did so once he began facing criticism for the hire. “I don’t want to pretend that I have the context and the background to perfectly or authoritatively judge this debate,” Klein said. “But when I read his pieces, I didn’t come away with the impression that he holds an iota of homophobia.” Klein has come under fire for the lack of racial and gender diversity among Vox’s announced hires, and his decision to hire Ambrosino shows how much he has to learn about genuine diversity. While he has a number of female hires in the pipeline, Klein said he is struggling to find racial minorities for the venture, adding: “I also want to say, other kinds of diversity are important—ideological diversity.”

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Bloomberg: Americans Stick With Obamacare As Opposition Burns Bright

President Barack Obama’s health-care law is becoming more entrenched, with 64 percent of Americans now supporting it outright or backing small changes. “Things definitely seem to be getting better,” said Paul Attard, 50, a political independent in Evergreen, Colorado and a program manager for a cell-phone company who wants the law modified rather than repealed. “It seems like they are getting a lot more people to join. It’s a sign that the system is working.”

Through March 1, 4.2 million Americans had enrolled in health plans via the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, the government said this week. The deadline for enrollment is March 31, and the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 6 million people will sign up this year for private plans.

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The Morning Call: Millennials Are More Liberal Than Other Generations

Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves “patriotic” and significantly more‎ liberal than older generations, new research shows. Although adults aged 18-33 are more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.

The youngest generation of adults, born after 1980, has the most optimism about the country. That comes despite the economic difficulties that a large share of them have experienced since entering the workforce. And it stands in contrast with some previous generations: Baby boomers, for example, born between 1946 and 1964, were less optimistic than their elders at this stage of their lives. The millennials are also the only generation of adults with more people who identify themselves as liberals than as conservatives. Just less than one-third of millennials call themselves liberals while about one-quarter identify as conservative.

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Russia Counts Cost As West Tightens Sanctions

Russia risks a wave of capital flight and a shattering economic crisis as the West prepares a package of sanctions over the seizure of Crimea. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spelled out the danger for Russia in a speech that silenced pro-Kremlin voices in her own coalition and left no doubt that Europe is now fully behind the US on punitive measures. Russia has threatened to retaliate with “symmetrical sanctions” but Tim Ash, from Standard Bank, said it is a one-sided contest that Moscow cannot win. “Russia is facing the entire West. Its economy is already very weak and this could end up being as bad as 2008-2009, when GDP contracted by 9pc,” he said.

Russia cannot suspend oil and gas exports without cutting off its own source of foreign revenue. Any such move would destroy its credibility as a supplier of energy, accelerating Europe’s long-term switch to other sources. Standard Bank said Washington is determined to make Russia pay for tearing up the post-Cold War settlement and undermining the architecture of nuclear non-proliferation. It is drawing up stealth sanctions to freeze Russia out of global finance. These will be spearheaded by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which will enforce compliance of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The next step is to place Russia on the “grey list” for money laundering. “This would prevent global banks from dealing with Russian counterparts. Washington is tightening the noose. No bank is going to mess with the SEC,” said Mr Ash.

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Alec Macgillis: Florida Special Election Result Shows Democrats Need More Obamacare

So how to get more Democratic voters out? Well, this is where the more Obamacarecomes in. To the extent that the new law has not created a groundswell of enthusiasm for Democratic candidates among the law’s intended beneficiaries it is surely in part because…so many of the law’s intended beneficiaries are not being helped by the law. Fully one half of the expansion of health coverage under the law was supposed to occur through the expansion of Medicaid, to cover all people under 138 percent of the poverty line. And in Florida and nearly two dozen other states, that expansion is not happening, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling that made the expansion optional and the opposition of Republican governors and state legislators.

So what are Democratic candidates to do? Well, for one, argue for the Medicaid expansion. Make sure lower-income voters understand what’s at stake and why they have so far been denied any of the law’s benefits. No, not every voter who gets covered by the Medicaid expansion is going to vote for the Democrats as a result—stories from states that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and West Virginia, are replete with anecdotes of voters who are grateful for their new coverage without necessarily making the connection to Obamacare and Barack Obama. But enough lower-income voters will make the connection that it could help Democratic candidates like Allison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell’s Senate challenger, who is making a strong push for downscale, Democratic-leaning voters by stressing her support for raising the minimum wage.

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Jason Millman: Understanding The Latest Fight Over The Individual Mandate

In the latest war over Obamacare, the GOP is essentially trying to encourage Americans everywhere to seek out an exemption from the individual mandate, the health law provision that requires everyone to get insurance by March 31 or face a penalty. The Obama administration says exemptions to the mandate are much more limited than the GOP and opponents of the law would have you believe.

Separately, Republicans controlling the House vote today on a bill that would delay the individual mandate until 2018. The impact of this legislation would mean 13 million fewer people would have insurance in 2018 than if the mandate were kept in place, the Congressional Budget Office said this week. Behind these renewed attacks are the GOP’s hatred of the mandate.

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Your Laugh Of The Day

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On This Day:

President Obam, First Lady Michelle Obama, PM David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron greet the crowd on the White House South Lawn after a formal arrival ceremony for the British prime minister, March 14, 2012

President Obama and PM Cameron walk together as they begin a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 14, 2012

President Obama walks PM Cameron to his motorcade following their meetings at the White House, March 14, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

PM David Cameron and Samantha Cameron arrive at the White House for a State Dinner in their honor, March 14, 2012

The White House is seen through the window of a tent on the South Lawn during the State Dinner in honor of PM David Cameron and Samantha Cameron, March 14, 2012. The interior of the tent is reflected in the window (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with PM Cameron and Samantha Cameron, talk with guests during the State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House, March 14, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit with PM Cameron and Samantha Cameron during a State Dinner reception on the Truman Balcony of the White House, March 14, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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138 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Yesss.

  2. 2 JER
    March 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Good Morning everybody.

    LIVE NOW: Secretary Kerry In London – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  3. March 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Epic!!!!!! You’re a grade A treasure, Nerdy – thank yooooooou!!

    • 4 Nerdy Wonka
      March 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

      You’re welcome, Chips.

      • 5 jacquelineoboomer
        March 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

        Mornin’ – and thanks for including my tweet in R&S, sugar.

        • 6 Nerdy Wonka
          March 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

          You’re welcome, Ms. J’OB! I was working on Rise and Shine last night and needed a tweet that would go with an article on ObamaCare and I couldn’t find anything. Then you posted your tweet and I did a happy dance.

          Thank you again. You saved my bacon.

          • 7 jacquelineoboomer
            March 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

            Ha! And you gave me my first laugh of the day, and my marching orders.

            Keep Calm
            And
            Save
            NW’s
            Bacon

  4. 8 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

  5. 9 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 10:30 am

  6. 10 vcprezofan2
    March 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    *He* got in first? :roll:

    Greetings, everyone! :grin: I’m ready to party.

  7. 17 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    “I don’t want to pretend that I have the context and the background to perfectly or authoritatively judge this debate,” Klein said.

    But that’s what you do all the time, you mofo.

    • March 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

      He really is an insufferable, ridiculous dick.

      • 19 57andfemale
        March 14, 2014 at 11:04 am

        And that about covers it. Perfectly. Without a big institution to support him, he’s being shown for the empty suit he is and how out of his league he is in damn near everything.

        • March 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

          Exactly 57, it’s so interesting to see him unveiled without the cover, as you said, of the Washington Post. His diversity remarks are just amazing.

          • 21 57andfemale
            March 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

            I hope the little twit implodes. I used to think that he was at least intelligent – just green. But he’s not even that. He cannot hold his own and there’s no net to save him.

            I hope. I want to clean house of these jackasses.

        • 22 jacquelineoboomer
          March 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

          It’s embarrassing, really. I don’t care if he’s embarrassed. We’re all embarrassed just knowing who he is, and once upon a time listening to a word he had to say. You said it ~ another empty suit ~ and I’d add empty soul.

          • 23 57andfemale
            March 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

            You’re an empty soul when you trade ambition for integrity. He was considered the wunderkind – but he’s been out of the league from the get-go.

            • 24 jacquelineoboomer
              March 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

              He has! And yet he’s still selling it to the highest bidder.

              One of my least favorite kinds of people..

    • 25 57andfemale
      March 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Interesting that he uses this excuse to hire a derange anti-gay nut, but couldn’t admit to this constant practice when it comes to, say, ACA.

  8. 26 desertflower
    March 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Unfortunately, due to the sequestration of $30.6 million in funds for the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) in 2013 fewer resources were available to recover more from Medicare and Medicaid fraud perpetrated by various criminal organizations and individuals.

    Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate in the past have lobbied for and continue to lobby for sequestration cuts to programs like HCFAC and others in an attempt to undercut benefits and positive programs provided by the Affordable Care Act.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/affordable-care-act-recovers-record-amount-from-healthcare-fraud

    Ever get the feeling that the scammers are the ones saying they “hate Obamacare” ?? Repubs still siding with their lying cheating buddies, I see.

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      March 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

      This was so much fun to watch. Glad that President Obama’s team is pulling in all factions to make sure millions are protected.

      • March 14, 2014 at 10:54 am

        And LOVE the bit at the end with FLOTUS. They are doing awesome PR for the final days of enrollment with all kinds of participants in various walks of life. LOVE.

  9. 30 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Over the past four years approximately $16.61 billion has been recovered from such fraud, a 219% increase over the previous four- year period’s recovery of $7.57 billion. The savings is a return of $8.10 for every dollar used to fight Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

    And the effing boneless dems wants to run away from it.

    Nice roundup, ut

  10. 36 desertflower
    March 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

    http://www.abc15.com/news/national/president-obama-enough-have-enrolled-for-stable-healthcare

    President Barack Obama says enough people have signed up for health care to make his signature law work.

    Obama tells medical web site WebMD that the 4.2 million people enrolled for this year, quote, “is already large enough that I’m confident the program will be stable.”

    The president acknowledges in an interview posted Friday that the mix of people who sign up is actually more important than the number.

    More young and healthy people need to enroll to offset the cost of caring for older, sicker patients.

    Obama’s 30-minute interview with the health information web site is part of his campaign to get more Americans to enroll before the March 31 deadline to get coverage for this year.

  11. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    March 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

  12. March 14, 2014 at 10:54 am

    {{{{ Thoughts and very best wishes to CarolMaeWY today. }}}}

  13. 45 andogriff
    March 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Good morning everyone! Morning Ms Chips…. great post, NW!! Who needs newspapers with you folks in charge? Thanks so much… I don’t post much these days, but try to read as much as possible! Hope everyone has a good day, and a great weekend. (PS: LOVED Danny’s first post, Ms Chips!)

  14. March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Good Morning, Everyone!!

    Woke up pretty late – 10:30. If my phone alarm hadn’t gone off, I would have still been sleeping.

  15. 68 Linda
    March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I am waiting for CNN to say the missing plane was possibly taken by an alien spaceship……

  16. 69 57andfemale
    March 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    That blue evening gown of Michelle’s is one of my most favorite outfits she’s ever worn.

    • 70 57andfemale
      March 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

      When I look at Mrs. Cameron’s gown I am reminded of something Randi Rhodes said of Hillary when she campaigned in NH: “Some Holiday Inn wants their bedspread back.”

      • 71 Desertflower
        March 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

        :) forgive me… I was thinking the same thing. Pretty woman needs a stylist.

        • 72 57andfemale
          March 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

          A little catty, I know, but that dress was dreadful.

          • 73 Desertflower
            March 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

            Seriously . I hate to be that shallow, but did she look in the mirror? Standing next to stunning doesn’t help either:)

            • 74 japa21
              March 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

              Personally, although no match for Michelle, I thought she looked just fine. Be careful ladies, with all this catty talk Danny is going to come after you.

              • 75 57andfemale
                March 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

                I can charm any puppy. I’m not worried. A little fashion talk amongst the girls – what’s the harm?

            • 76 57andfemale
              March 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

              It was especially jarring. That is truly my favorite gown of Michell’s.

      • 77 nospin
        March 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        I love Mrs. Cameron’s gown. I think it is beautiful. Loved the lace. Love the understated look of elegance.

        I couldn’t wear it because it wouldn’t suit me but she carries it well.

  17. 78 57andfemale
    March 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

  18. March 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I don’t believe for ONE SECOND that Ezra Klein couldn’t find a minority for his new venture. NOT FOR ONE SECOND. If freaking Buzzfeed can find minorities so can Ezra Klein. Allan Brauer pointed out how Ezra’s wife raised a big fuss over diversity in Pres. Obama’s cabinet. What does she have to say about her husband’s staff?

    • March 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

      It’s all SO revealing GB, can’t wait to read Annie’s piece attacking the lack of diversity at her hubby’s new place :roll:

      • March 14, 2014 at 11:50 am

        Yep. I’m especially ticked off by Greenwald. When talking about mass surveillance, he never fails to bring up MLK, Jr. When he talks about prison reform or weed, he never fails to bring up how many black people are affected. He uses us to push his ideology but won’t hire us? Piss off, Greenwald!

        • March 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

          He’s racist to his core GB, I’m certain of that, it’s what fuels his venomous hate of PBO.

          When you think what he wrote about illegal immigrants, before he decided it would be more profitable to a be a fake progressive:

          And, of course, his choice of clients as a lawyer:

    • 85 Nerdy Wonka
      March 14, 2014 at 11:34 am

      His lies are so breathtaking in their boldness. You are correct about BuzzFeed. They are a big organization and they found minorities as reporters, editors, content editors, bloggers, etc. Yet Ezra wants the public to believe that minorities are a scarce commodity? In America?!?!

      What a disgusting jerk. He’s all, I’m more interested in ideological diversity than cultural diversity as though minorities aren’t diverse in their thinking and don’t bring fresh perspective to issues.

      Abraham Lincoln gets it right: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

    • 88 57andfemale
      March 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

      How many WOMEN has he hired (cue the scary music……)

    • 90 Nena20409
      March 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Those who have @AnnLowery should ask her to explain her husband’s actions.

  19. 91 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

  20. 92 57andfemale
    March 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    What the eff is wrong with America?!?!

  21. 96 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

    nerd tweet. LOL.

  22. 98 57andfemale
    March 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    My best friend was, many years ago, engaged to the founder and owner of Samuel Adams Beer. Her mother disapproved and engineered the break up. He wasn’t “going to amount to anything.”

  23. 102 Nerdy Wonka
    March 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

  24. March 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Yay Smarty!!

  25. 104 Nerdy Wonka
    March 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

  26. 106 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

  27. 107 Nerdy Wonka
    March 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    :lol:

  28. March 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I shouldn’t laugh, but ….. an Irish jockey (who I loathe) caused uproar the other day when he dismissed the death of a horse in a race in England. Horses, he said, are “replaceable”.

    Today? He fell off his horse in a race and broke his arm, so misses a HUGE race.

    :cool: Karma, eh?

  29. 112 57andfemale
    March 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Oh dear – have any of you gone to Vox?!?! You can’t bypass the GE ad. I finally got to some content: a snearing article on PBO and S.E. Cupp wondering if CO was ‘getting too high’.

    Very Serious News, Ezra.

    Does he even know he’s a tool of GE and his own inanity? God.

  30. 113 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 11:46 am

  31. 115 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

  32. 117 japa21
    March 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

  33. 118 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    camie boy on Tony Benn

    “There was never a dull moment listening to him, even when you disagreed with everything he said.”

    Of course, you would, you punk.

  34. 119 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    European politicians have backed a regulation that will force smartphone makers to use just one type of charger.

    On Thursday MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the regulation, which will see a common charger used for smartphones by 2017.

    The regulation was drawn up to help consumers and to cut down on the amount of electronic waste.

    “This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment,” said MEP Barbara Weiler in a statement. “It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually.”

    The regulation is still only a draft law and must be approved by Europe’s council of ministers. However, that body has already given its informal backing to the law, suggesting it will win final approval.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-24726077

    About effing time.

  35. March 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  36. 121 Nerdy Wonka
    March 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  37. 122 57andfemale
    March 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  38. March 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    POTUS does another interview!

  39. March 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    The attacks keep on coming….

    • March 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Voting Regulations are in the hands of the states but is there anything that PBO can do re: voting rights….the Justice Department has pending lawsuits in both Texas and & NC….does anyone know when they will come up for a decision….

      just a point…when we don’t vote…we get the kind of Legislatures that make it hard for us to vote…PA dodged a bullet with our voter Id Law…but the issue is not dead…i am sure it well resurface again…esp if Corbett wins re-election

  40. 127 Nena20409
    March 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Hello TOD.

    Happy 3.14
    Happy PiDay.

  41. 128 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hundreds of militants have staged a multi-pronged attack on the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses say.

    On entering the city, the attackers split into smaller groups – heading for the barracks, the university and an area where civil servants live.

    The militants failed in an attempt to free colleagues held in the barracks, an army spokesman said.

    Militants suspected to be from Boko Haram have killed 500 people this year.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26575428

    Another african flash point

  42. 129 Nena20409
    March 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ezra-klein-brandon-ambrosino-vox

    Klein closed the post with a show of contrition, and urged readers to give Ambrosino an opportunity to prove himself.

    “I could’ve, and should’ve, handled this hire a lot better,” Klein wrote. “But I would ask people to give Brandon a chance. He’ll be held to the same high standards as all Vox.com employees, and I believe he’ll meet them.”

    ////

    Like a child who protests way too much? Yep.

    • 130 57andfemale
      March 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Well if you can stomach the 3-minute GE ad (did I tell you Vox is a GE enterprise? How to I know? It screams GE all over the site). And then it’s a bit of a mystery how to get to any content.

      One snearing article about PBO and Democratic chances in 2014 and S.E. Cupp saying CO is now getting “too high”.

      I think if a website is quirky you should shut it down and call it a massive, embarrassing, humiliating failure. Is the Vox site that much more difficult to launch than healthcare.gov? It must be, in order to ‘give it all time’ to get its act together.

      God.

  43. 131 Nena20409
    March 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obamacare-gay-spouses

    Health insurance offered through Obamacare must cover same-sex married couples the same as they would opposite-sex married couples starting in 2015, the Obama administration announced Friday.

    “If an insurance company offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses, it cannot choose to deny that coverage to same-sex spouses,” Matt Heintz, director for provider and LGBT outreach at the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote in a blog post.

    “In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage. This will further enhance access to health care for all Americans, including those with same-sex spouses.”

  44. 133 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  45. 136 Linda
    March 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Health insurance offered through Obamacare must cover same-sex married couples the same as they would opposite-sex married couples starting in 2015, the Obama administration announced Friday.

    “In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage. This will further enhance access to health care for all Americans, including those with same-sex spouses.”

    The new requirement applies to all legally married same-sex couples, regardless of where they live, Heintz wrote.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obamacare-gay-spouses

  46. 138 amk for obama
    March 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Dragging it over.

    We need more mockin’ @ klein. Get to it TOD’ers.


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