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Rise and Shine

At the Dubliner, an Irish pub in Washington, D.C., Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Today (all times Eastern):

10:45: President Obama makes a statement on Crimea

10:55: President Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Oval Office

11:40: Holds a working lunch with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

1:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:50: The President departs the White House en route Bethesda, Maryland

3:05: Arrives Bethesda

3:15: Visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

5:0: Departs Bethesda

5:15: Arrives at the White House

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Text of remarks here

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FACT SHEET: Ukraine-Related Sanctions

President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) under the national emergency with respect to Ukraine that finds that the actions and policies of the Russian government with respect to Ukraine -– including through the deployment of Russian military forces in the Crimea region of Ukraine –- undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets.

This new authority expands upon E.O. 13660, which the President signed less than two weeks ago, by authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to impose sanctions on named officials of the Russian government, any individual or entity that operates in the Russian arms industry, and any designated individual or entity that acts on behalf of, or that provides material or other support to, any senior Russian government official.  We have fashioned these sanctions to impose costs on named individuals who wield influence in the Russian government and those responsible for the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.  We stand ready to use these authorities in a direct and targeted fashion as events warrant.

More here

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Paul Waldman: As Crimea votes to secede, demands pour in for more effective posturing

A day after a referendum in Crimea on breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia passed with 96.77 percent of the vote, encouraged by a rising presence of Russian troops, the Crimean parliament followed suit with its own vote asking to be annexed. Here at home, people will quickly begin asking “Who lost Crimea?,” as though events in Eastern Europe are being determined not by internal Ukrainian politics, longstanding ethnic divisions, Russian opportunism and a dozen other factors, but rather by what we in the United States would like to have happen.

You can bet that today and in the days to come, Republicans will be declaring their outrage, and insisting that this never would have happened had Barack Obama not been so weak. They’ve had a fetish about Obama’s alleged weakness in foreign affairs pretty much from the moment he took office….

…. without looking, can you name something these Republicans actually want Obama to do? Probably not, because whenever they’re asked, they come up with things like “make it clear” to Vladimir Putin that further incursions will not be tolerated. “Get tough.” Don’t “show weakness.” In other words, their complaint is that President Obama has not engaged in the proper kind of posturing.

More here

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Rick Ungar: The Real Numbers On ‘The Obamacare Effect’ Are In – Now Let The Crow Eating Begin

After years of negative speculation on the part of the opponents of Obamacare, hard data is finally coming in with respect to the anticipated negative side-effects of the law. The results are guaranteed to both surprise and depress those who have built their narrative around the effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

Let’s begin with the meme threatening that healthcare reform will lead to a serious decline in full-time employment as employers reduce workforce hours to below 30 per week in the effort to avoid their responsibility to provide health benefits to their employees.

It turns out that there has, in fact, been no such rush to reduce work hours. Indeed, numbers released last week reveal that precisely the opposite is taking place…..

…. While most all would agree that there are some repairs that need to be made to the Affordable Care Act, workable fixes designed to benefit the public and improve American healthcare cannot happen so long as politicians, pundits and special interests are devoted to lying about what Obamacare means and what it does not mean to the American public.

Facts matter — even when they screw up an effective disinformation campaign.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: Yet another ACA ‘horror story’ draws scrutiny

After all the recent troubles conservatives have had with “Obamacare victims” in attack ads that turned out to be wrong, the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity wouldn’t push its luck with another dubious commercial, would it?

Of course it would….

More here

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TPM: Koch Group Abandons Obamacare ‘Horror’ Stories After Fact-Check Backlash

Have we heard the last Obamacare “horror” story? If new ads from the Koch Brothers-backed group are any indication, we might have.

Americans for Prosperity, the well-funded conservative group that has been attacking Democrats in battleground states over the health care reform law, put out TV ads Monday against Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Udall (D-CO).

But what’s notable about the ads is what they aren’t: A personalized story of someone who’s been negatively affected by Obamacare, the kind of verifiable set of facts that can be checked — and rebutted, as happened with a recent AFP ad that led to significant backlash from the fact-checking community.

More here

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Michael Tomasky: The Grotesque Ban On Gays In New York’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

In states where gay marriage is legal, gays are still banned from openly marching in St Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston.It’s obscene, that in 2014, gay groups are forbidden from marching in St. Patrick’s Day parades in two of America’s most liberal cities. In Dublin—Dublin! I daresay a more Irish city even than Boston—gays have marched for years. As far as anyone can see, the parade flourishes, no epidemic of gayness has “afflicted” the children born in the years since inclusion, and everybody goes home happy. This isn’t just a foreign phenomenon. Chicago’s St Patrick’s Day parade has managed to include gays without catastrophe ensuing as well.

The New York-Boston situation, while legally not only understandable but completely defensible, is a moral shambles; to the extent that the men making and enforcing this ban won’t just live in history, they’ll live in infamy.

More here

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TPM: Guinness Drops Sponsorship Of NYC St. Paddy’s Parade Over LGBT Ban

Guinness is the latest in a line of beer makers to pull out of a major St. Patrick’s Day parade because organizers won’t allow gays and lesbians to march openly.The company announced late Sunday that it was dropping its sponsorship of Monday’s parade in New York City, after the famed Stonewall Inn threatened to stop selling Guinness beer if it continued to sponsor the parade.

More here

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Journalism:

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Is Rusty attempting to eat the President’s ear in this pic?

President Obama shares a laugh with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a St. Patrick’s Day lunch for Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

On This Day:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife, Fionnuala Kenny, in the Green Room of the White House before a St. Patrick’s Day reception, March 17, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama walks on the Colonnade of the White House, March 17, 2011, after making a Rose Garden statement about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama signs a condolence book for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims, at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., March 17, 2011. Standing at left is Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki (Photo by Pete Souza)

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March 17, 2012: “David Lienemann made this action photograph of Vice President Joe Biden and his security detail literally running during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh, Pa.”

President Obama greets the crowd at the Dubliner, an Irish pub in Washington, D.C., on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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161 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. March 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    GM TOD. Wonder R&S, Chips! Happy St. Patrick’s Day………

  2. March 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Top of the mornin’ to everyone.

  3. March 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

    • 7 anniebella
      March 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      If you don’t support it then don’t use it Mr. Cullen. Continue paying the 1000 dollars.

    • March 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      On Monday, the White House will release a “16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered” bracket listing the top reasons to get health insurance, along with a new web video featuring top college basketball coaches. The bracket will be updated all week to reflect the results of an online survey. The bracket is timed to coincide with the release of President Barack Obama’s selections for his own NCAA tournament bracket on Wednesday, the White House official said.

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      President Obama and his team are simply awesomeeee…YEAH!

      #Trust Barack

  4. 9 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Watched the pc on beebs. Loved it he walked off completely ignoring the whpresscorpse idjits.

    Sooo, bt-on-the-binge show started yet?

  5. 19 Desertflower
    March 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Thankful for this man, in this time , every. single. day.

  6. March 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

    • 21 anniebella
      March 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      So nice to have a President who understands and respect international law. I agree with that comment.

  7. March 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    “The Pentagon is proposing dramatic increases in spending for underwater pods to store drone submarines and a variety of other seaborne drones and surveillance technology, another example of the military’s shift toward the Pacific, newly released budget documents show.

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is stepping up its research on several programs, including doubling its planned spending on the Hydra program, an underwater “truck” that would carry unmanned submarines and aerial drones. The DARPA budget released last week shows planned spending for Hydra would rise from $14.9 million in the current fiscal year to $29.9 million next year….”

    A post I did a while back on ‘Hydra’

  8. 23 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

    • 24 GGail
      March 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      President Obama has empowered people of all ages to stand up and speak out! Bravo Yale faculty & students!!!

      YES WE CAN!

  9. 25 JER
    March 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

    LIVE NOW: President Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  10. 29 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

    bt, gimme your beer. I feel faint.

  11. 30 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

  12. 31 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

  13. 32 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

    oops, sorry chips, your I-am-so-wasted moment has arrived already.

    Look, it’s green too.

  14. March 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

  15. 37 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

  16. 41 Nerdy Wonka
    March 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, one and all.

    Drink green beer and be merry!

  17. 43 anniebella
    March 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Isn’t Boehner afraid the tea party racists haters will see him getting along with POTUS. I guess not cause Boehner is speaker in name only, they already tell him what to do.

  18. March 17, 2014 at 11:58 am

    For anyone who missed it:

  19. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    March 17, 2014 at 11:58 am

  20. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    March 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Bahahahahahaha. Funny quiz for St. Paddy’s Day.

    I got Bill Gates: You’re too smart for your own good, using your higher intelligence to work your way up the social ladder. You hide your dastardly deeds and evil plans behind the mask of CHARITY. (Allegedly)

  21. 68 Layla
    March 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Veeeeery cool pic!

  22. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    March 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    What’s your Leprechaun Name?

    I’m “Dreamy O’Whacky” I’d say that’s about right :lol:

  23. 76 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    A Spanish singer chatting on television used the word ‘manana’. When asked what that meant, he said it means “maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day after that, next week, next month or next year. Who cares?” An Irishman in the conversation was then asked if there’s an Irish equivalent. “No. In Ireland we don’t have a word to describe that level of urgency”

  24. 80 vcprezofan2
    March 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Hey Nathk, put yout words into a tweet…….

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      March 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      …or three

    • 84 sherijr
      March 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      well done vc, and thank you… I too read Nath’s comment this morning and felt it so apropos .

    • 87 MightyPamela
      March 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      VC = Brilliant, well done. Nath = Also. Too. Thank you both for joining forces to speak Truth.

      • 88 vcprezofan2
        March 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        Hi, MP. TY. How are you?

        • 89 MightyPamela
          March 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm

          Doing okay, VC, thank you. On my way out while the sun is still shining, forecast is for a few days of rain heading in. I see the wind is from Canada today, so I’m guessing it’s a bit nippy!

          • 90 MightyPamela
            March 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

            PS: I vote for an iPad for you, iPad2 is very affordable since the last version came out. So portable and really versatile for what you do with the webz, I think. I’d better go.

          • 91 vcprezofan2
            March 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

            ‘ the wind is from Canada today, so I’m guessing it’s a bit nippy!’

            Don’t you be blaming your nippiness on good old Canada! ;) I’m heading out from the hairdresser now, so I’ll be on the road too. Catch you all later.

    • 92 nathkatun7
      March 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Hello VC, you are amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to put my words in a tweet! Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  25. March 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  26. 95 amk for obama
    March 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    An Irishman walks into a pub and orders dozens of martinis, removing the olives, placing them in a jar, and drinking the martinis. When the jar is filled with olives and all the martinis drank, he starts to leave.
    The bartender stops him and asks, “Excuse me but, what was that all about?”
    The Irishman replies, “My wife sent me out for a jar of olives.”

    Gunnite folks

  27. March 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  28. 98 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    • 99 nathkatun7
      March 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Michele belcastro for asking a great question. This a question that Antonin Scalia and her fellow right wing justices needs to answer. Thanks Dudette for sharing her tweet.

  29. 100 vcprezofan2
    March 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Took my laptop with me to the hairdresser – seriously, I might have to consider getting one of those smaller ipad thingy. This is awkward.

    BTW, Amk, please note I’m getting ready for the Paris trip. 5 days and counting down!

    ps: Try not to leave the ticket delivery until the last minute. Airport check in here is 3hours in advance, I think.

  30. 105 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  31. 106 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

  32. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    March 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

  33. 110 Ladyhawke
    March 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Who uses food stamps? Millions of kids, that’s who

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101496484

  34. 112 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

  35. 113 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  36. 115 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

  37. 117 donna dem 4 obama
    March 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I’m sorry but CNN has gone bat-poop crazy over this missing plane. I know that this is a tragedy and I pray for all this missing but the constant breaking news on this all day long is insane at this point. My goodness!!!

    • 118 Layla
      March 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      It could be summed up in a few seconds:”we still do not know what happened”

    • 119 Melanie
      March 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Seems that CNN’s strategy is to try to “own” certain stories. Remember they did the same thing with that cruise liner that was stuck and people were getting sick. The question is are they getting a ratings bump from this?

    • 121 Nena20409
      March 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      All done with sand. Just a great piece of work.

    • 122 57andfemale
      March 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Mr. 57 was watching their coverage yesterday. I tried to watch it for about 10 minutes. It was the most inane news I’ve ever seen, complete with all the speculators who don’t know shit and anchors just peeved we don’t have bits of dead bodies to obsess over.

      Disgusting.

  38. 124 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone on TOD! I’m off to our St. Patrick’s Day parade.

  39. 125 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Is this legit?

  40. March 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

  41. 131 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

  42. 132 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

  43. 135 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    • 136 Nena20409
      March 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Note Jenna Bush Hagar(sp) or Chelsea Clinton or Elizabeth Smart…..none would say such idiotic crap.

      But MSNBC 1st hired Ms McCain and then Abby last year. I must confess that her voice is just awful.

  44. 138 Dudette
    March 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  45. 139 57andfemale
    March 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I wonder if the ACA numbers include people who are buying (now compliant) policies in the individual market but without going on the exchanges. In order to get subsidies you must enroll through the exchanges. But policies and the (thank God) decent regulations are privately available.

    Just wondering.

  46. March 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Very busy day … wishing everyone Happy St Patrick’s Day …. here’s a little #TzarVlad math ….

    President Obama continues to lead in a profound way ….

    • 143 57andfemale
      March 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      since we’ve been living in Absurdity since the Bush years, you don’t know if something is truth or satire: I heard that Russian ‘tourists’ were being bused in and were allowed to ‘vote’.

      As I said – something this outrageous could be true in current politics.

      • March 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

        It is true, 57&f. Reports yesterday included people voting without Ukraine passports, people tossing two ballots into the box and the totals of votes being reported far exceed the total population of cities like Sevastopol. Earlier in the week reports emerged that the total number of printed ballots exceeded the total population of Crimea, not just the number of eligible voters. The image in the first tweet is not photoshop’d.

  47. 147 MightyPamela
    March 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    A-wearin’ o my O’Bama green teeshirt, and drinking my green tea (well, that’s everyday), but not sure whether to laugh or be grossed out at the pic of three-sheets-to-the-wind Boner looking like he’s about to kiss PBO! Ay yai yai!!

  48. 150 donna dem 4 obama
    March 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

  49. 151 Nena20409
    March 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-179

    3-17-14

    No doubt Jay will be asked about Leaving…….another distraction? Yep.

    A nation without a respected and factually based Free Press is a Doomed.

  50. March 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Hey Chips, I have a thread done for use whenever……

  51. 154 carolyn
    March 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    So glad our VPOTUS is going to Europe to work with Ukraine’s neighbors. He knows foreign relations, and has been a constructive negotiator and influence for a long time.

  52. March 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    L’Wren Scott, a great fashion designer (FLOTUS wore her clothing), committed suicide. She was also in relationship with Mick Jagger for years.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/03/lwren-scott-dead

  53. March 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Almost time for lunch!

  54. 157 donna dem 4 obama
    March 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Well, here is our answer :(


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