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Rise and Shine

On This Day: Senator Barack Obama at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, March 19, 2005

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Today (all times Eastern):

1:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:25: President Obama hosts a screening of the film Cesar Chavez at the White House

3:05: The President will participate in the latest installment of “Live from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with local television anchors from New England, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, Phoenix, and San Diego to make the case for raising the minimum wage and giving hardworking Americans the raise they deserve. While in Washington, the local anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers. These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT

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CBS Philly: Organizers Urging Philadelphians To Beat Obamacare Signup Deadline

Federal officials have announced that more than five million people have now enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act web site, healthcare.gov.

Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of signup, but advocates are not resting until the March 31st deadline passes.

Today, a signup rally in Love Park (JFK Plaza) featured elected officials and the newly insured, who testified to the “affordable” part of the Affordable Care Act.

“My rate for my health care, per month, is 27 cents,” said Susan O’Connell, who said she had been paying almost $600 a month for a “Cobra” plan after losing her job.  So, she noted, it was a significant savings for a plan that all her doctors accept and has lower co-pays.

More here

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The People’s View: The Obamacare Coalition: Why the Affordable Care Act is a Huge Asset for Democrats

As we sprint to the finish to the March 31 open-enrollment period deadline in the health insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, national pundits are increasingly making the case that Obamacare is going to be a political liability for Democrats in November. As evidence, they point to the loss of Alex Sink in a Congressional special election in Florida, pronouncing that it was the ACA that sank Sink’s ship.

Actual data, of course, points in the exact opposite direction, suggesting that the traction Sink got in a heavily Republican district in a low-turnout election was in part due to her opposition to Obamacare’s repeal. If Obamacare is responsible for the results, then a more accurate reading would be that Obamacare closed an 11-point GOP registration gap to a 2-point voting gap on election day. That’s the miracle here, and of course, the corpse of a national media isn’t talking about it.

More here

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Good grief:

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EclectaBlog: Could you get health insurance for $56/month? This Michigan man did

He’s one of the 17 million Americans eligible for financial assistance to make coverage more affordable. Find out if you are, too — before the March 31 deadline.

Michael Paul Goldenberg has lived without health insurance since 2009 — almost as long as he’s had type 2 diabetes. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based part-time math teacher and consultant lost his insurance when he lost his previous job, and the $500 a month to continue his coverage was unaffordable over the long term.

When some additional health concerns came up a few months ago, Goldenberg decided it was time to look into what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could do for him…..

More here

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Steve Benen: Boehner’s casual indifference to healthcare facts

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) held a press conference late last week and said, practically as an afterthought, that there are “less people today with health insurance than there were before this law went into effect.” That didn’t make any sense, so a reporter followed up.

REPORTER: Mr. Speaker, you said a minute ago there are fewer people today with health insurance then when the law was passed. I want to make sure I understand. You’re saying that “Obamacare” has resulted in a net loss of insurance?

BOEHNER: I believe that to be the case. When you look at the 6 million Americans who have lost their policies and some – they claim 4.2 million people who have signed up – I don’t know how many have actually paid for it – that would indicate to me a net loss of people with health insurance.

The problem, of course, is that none of this is even remotely true….

More here

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ThinkProgress: Parts Of The GOP’s Obamacare Alternative Just Rip Off Obamacare

House Republicans are planning to unveil a unified alternative to the Affordable Care Act this spring, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Though details of the plan remain sketchy, the measure is “hardly intended as a full replacement of the federal health-care law” and will focus on filling gaps in the health care system.

According to the Post, lawmakers will endorse “ability to buy insurance across state lines, guaranteed renewability of policies and changes to medical-malpractice regulations.” Once Obama’s health care reform law is repealed, insurers will be able to discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions, though the GOP-backed proposal will offer sicker individuals coverage through “high-risk insurance pools” managed and subsidized by the states.” The alternative will also promote health savings accounts, allow small businesses “to purchase coverage together” and permit young people to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26.

If that last plank sounds a whole lot like the Affordable Care Act, that’s because it is. Of the seven provisions outlined by the Post, five — save health savings accounts and malpractice reform — are already included in the law in one way or another.

More here

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Jonathan Cohn: Another Rich Guy Says Populists Are Like Nazis

Remember the story about the rich guy comparing left-wing populism to Nazism? It’s happening again, only this time it’s a different rich guy.

It’s Ken Langone, co-founder of Home Depot and financier of the Republican Party. Politico’s Ben White and Maggie Haberman caught up with him, while reporting an article about how the very wealthy see the political landscape—and whether they are worried, as they were before, that liberal arguments about inequality and redistribution were resonating with the public.

“I hope it’s not working,” Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and major GOP donor, said of populist political appeals. “Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”

…. An easy and perfectly appropriate response would be to focus on the absurdity of these Nazi comparisons — starting with the fact that, you know, raising taxes on the wealthy isn’t exactly like genocide.

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A rare Politico link, but this fella’s usually worth it:

Roger Simon: (Politico): Mess with bull, get horns

…. And you thought the big three issues for Obama were jobs, jobs, jobs. How wrong you are. Why should Obama worry about Detroit, when he should really be worrying about Donetsk?

…. Past U.S. presidents knew how to use power. There is but one nation in the history of the world that has used nuclear weapons against another nation: USA! USA! USA!

Obama should stop going around in that silly windbreaker with the presidential seal on the front. Instead, the front of his jacket should have a mushroom cloud and the words: “You mess with the bull and you get the horns.”

But he won’t do that. He worries about things like a thermonuclear exchange and how it would end all mankind.

Wuss.

More here

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Paul Waldman: Vivek Murthy, the NRA and the politics of fear

The National Rifle Administration knows the power of fear. After all, its entire business model is based on it. When the organization’s chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, goes before an audience and proclaims, “We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out gamers and rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers, road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids, or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse the society that sustains us all,” he’s not trying to give a reasoned assessment of contemporary challenges. (In the real world, crime has been steadily declining for two decades.) LaPierre is trying to make his audience as afraid as possible, because fear is great for his business.

More here

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USA Today: Obama’s Final Four: Fla., Ariz., L’ville, Mich. St.

President Obama has picked his Final Four in the 2014 men’s college basketball tournament: Florida, Louisville, Arizona, and Michigan State.

ESPN, which interviewed Obama about the tournament on Tuesday, will reveal the president’s pick for the title later today.

It’s the sixth straight year that the president has participated in what ESPN calls “Barack-etology.”

More here

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On This Day:

President Obama practices his golf swing at an outdoor hold prior to an event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and L.A. Mayor Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa prior to an event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama gestures while speaking at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shares a moment with Jay Leno off set of the Tonight Show at NBC Studios, Burbank, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks to a Member of Congress while en route to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to deliver remarks on health insurance reform, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks on health insurance reform at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on March 19, 2010

President Obama calls a Member of Congress to discuss health care reform in the Oval Office, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama calls a Member of Congress about health care reform from the Oval Office, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Arriving at Brasilia Air Base, Brazil, March 19, 2011

President Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff following the arrival of First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, at the Palacio do Alvorada in Brasilia, Brazil, March 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office, March 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed during a taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, N.Y., March 19, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office of the White House, March 19, 2013

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MoooOOOooorning!


100 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. March 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Good morning Chips nice collection of information , going back to read all of them

  2. 4 desertflower
    March 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Morning everyone:) Off to work shortly…but good read from Smartypants…and the question of the day.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-great-experiment.html

  3. March 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

    GOOD morning, Chips!

    The First Lady’s itinerary for China:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/first-lady-china-trip

    No times added yet.

  4. 8 amk for obama
    March 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Is that fern in his coat packet?

  5. 13 amk for obama
    March 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

  6. 14 amk for obama
    March 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

  7. 15 JER
    March 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Good Morning again everybody.

  8. March 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

    UN Security Council will hold a ‘public’ meeting on Ukraine at 3p EDT today. You can watch it ‘live’ here:

    http://webtv.un.org/ (Click the ‘Live Now’ tab)

  9. 25 dotster3
    March 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is fantastic! Chgo high school students—–from Kenwood Academy on the south side——make a fun vid to “Happy”——to show they’re still happy despite the ugly Chgo winter and to combat the dim view of Chgo public schools. Lots of talented kids there, many scholarship winners. Vid going viral.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-kenwood-students-find-their-happy-video-is-contagious-20140319,0,3787381.story

    • 26 Linda
      March 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

      That was great, thanks.

    • 27 yardarm756
      March 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      My youngest daughter graduated from this school along with R. Kelly(ugh). She is now a prosecuting attorney for the county. GOOD GENES ! :lol:

      • 28 dotster3
        March 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        No doubt the smart genes came from you. Did she get the joke genes too?

        • 29 yardarm756
          March 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

          Naw. She hasn’t seem enuff misery yet. She’s still in discovery but she’s getting there. However, she gets the smarts from her mom who has a PhD in Ed.

      • 30 GGail
        March 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        Hey sailor – good news about your youngest daughter and her career achievement.

        So you said you emailed your touching email to Chipsticks….now you need to leave her a comment here on TOD so she knows to check her emails :-)

        • 31 yardarm756
          March 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm

          I also set her a DM.

          • March 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm

            Oh sorry Shipmate, I can’t find any DM from you?? Did you email me? My blog email is jammed with spam so I end up missing lots of stuff, will check now.

            • 33 yardarm756
              March 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

              Yes to the email. The DM just said to check your email.

              • March 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm

                Thanks Shipmate, was it this one?

                The National Veteran’s Art Museum in Chicago has an unusual work of art which you may not have even known existed!

                When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.

                Lovely!

  10. 36 CEB
    March 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Good morning, everyone.

    In the last post mentioned Jackie listed just some of the many things that PBO does 24/7 often without the support of those in the political arena who should have his back. I will add to that the idea that our president deserves every accolade anyone can think up for putting up with and being polite to so many mofos whose lies, greed, obstruction and overall moral depravity must make his stomach turn. I do not know how he deals with people like Bibi, Vlad, Boehner and Ryan, the national media dickheads and others of their ilk, but I am so glad that he does so for our sake. I love and admire this man so much; we are so blessed that he is willing to serve.

    • 37 No Child Left Behind
      March 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

      GEB. I agree with your words and Jackie’s reflection as well. This President works so hard and carries the hopes of so many. All he deserves is our prayers. I am glad that he knows how to tune out the wicked, the crazies, the fools, the liars, the jealous, and the ungrateful.

  11. 38 MightyPamela
    March 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

    It’s morning, already? Hey y’all, out most of the day, so keep being awesome, okay? ;)

    • 39 MightyPamela
      March 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Oi, just remembering today is the one year anniversary of fracturing my knee, tore my shoulder a few days later. How can a year go by so quickly and so slowly in the same blink of an eye?? Or is that a question for the physicists? Oi.

  12. 47 Paulita
    March 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hi TOD! I had to retreat to lurker status because I had to do some surgery on my laptop and I’m still trying to catch up.

    I have a personal anecdote to share that may be another positive side effect of Obamacare. I am a service connected disabled vet and I get my care primarily through the VA hosp. in So California. Last night I had to go to the emergency room but the nearest hosp. was not the VA. So when I went in to register I told them I didn’t have any outside insurance.They told me no problem, they would just bill the VA.

    But the most interesting part was the politeness of everybody. What was missing was that extra level of stress that you usually encounter in an ER. Because Ca. is ahead of the curve with healthcare enrollments, I believe that this has dialed down the stress of people wondering if they would be able to get care, and the hosp. staff isn’t tripping so much about getting paid.

    I believe that as the healthcare system expands, rather than over-burdening the system, there will be better care from the staff, and better behavior from patients who will be assured of getting the care they need.

    I pray that these positve effects spread like ripples through the system to transform attitudes and remind healthcare givers why they got into this field in the first place.

  13. 50 Linda
    March 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Went to the hospital yesterday for my pre-admission testing…

    They gave me a an instruction sheet on Obamacare….how to enroll, which insurances they accept from the marketplace , how to get local assistance , what the fines will be if not enrolled, etc.

    Also gave me a sheet from Medicare on patients rights and who to call if I disagree with anything done in the hospital.

    Also for the first time in my 66 years I was asked if I use Cannibus.

    What was disturbing was there was a big sign on the wall stating that most or ALL employees are Independent Contractors and not direct employees of the Hospital……therefore, the hospital is not liable if errors are made.

  14. 51 No Child Left Behind
    March 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Chipsticks,

    Thanks for the lovely pictures. I love the ones taken from the trip to Brazil, though I wasn’t happy to see Dilma Rousseff”s face. Still upset that she canceled the state dinner in her honor, as if she needed Snowflakes to confirm that she might have been spied on. She is a fool to think that spying has died among friendly countries.

    • March 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I’ve lost all respect for her. To pull a stunt like that on our POTUS is unforgivable, especially after he reached out to her to try and strengthen the relationship.

  15. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    March 19, 2014 at 11:39 am

    • 54 mela in TX
      March 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Nerdy, please tweet about my sis. I posted at the end of the last thread and tweeted it, as well but you have soooo many followers…I’d like to spread our excitement far and wide. She’s been living with these cysts for over a year. Her name is Sylvia. Thank you :)

  16. March 19, 2014 at 11:47 am

    GM TOD….. Wonderful R&S Chips!

    President Obama’s full ESPN NCAA bracket (5:00 minute video)

    • 57 anniebella
      March 19, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I will never forget that in 2009 POTUS pick the Tarheels to win it all and they did.

      • March 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

        He had UNC or Kansas the last four years…… they failed him. UNC should have won it in 2011, but their starting PG broke his arm in the ACC Tournament…..

        • 59 anniebella
          March 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

          You are right about 2011 for the Tarheels but when Kendall Marshall broke his hand in the tournament and I knew that was it for the Tarheels. They didn’t have another point guard to run the team like Marshall. After that Marshall went pro and he is with the sorry L.A. Lakers.

          • March 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

            Danny Green has turned out to be the best pro from that stacked team. He was a beast in last year’s NBA finals for the Spurs…….if only he shot as consistent at UNC.

  17. 61 57andfemale
    March 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    So this is funny: a friend of mine is a professional musician. He and his estranged wife have stayed married so he can have health insurance (well, good for her, I say!)

    He’s so happy – they can now get a divorce because he can get his own affordable health insurance.

  18. 63 japa21
    March 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    GM all from somewhat rainy Chicagoland (at least it isn’t snow).

    Of course, arctic blast is coming in for the weekend so Spring isn’t fully here yet.

    Extremely busy at work today, but will stop by to make some of my usual cogent comments.

    • 64 57andfemale
      March 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      I was ready to bring my boots for the potential of some snow later in the day. I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t pack up those boots and haul them with me to the office.

      I have faith this is not a mistake…….

      This rain is finally washing away the mounds of ice-packed snow I still have in areas of my postage-stamp yard.

      And now for what we euphemistically call ‘potholes’ – more like ragged black holes to the center of the earth. You guys should see us dodge around these craters.

      Joy.

    • 65 Dakota
      March 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      We would love some of that rain here in NM!

  19. 66 dotster3
    March 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    This program is top notch——covering and exposing interesting, important subjects which are ignored by our “news” media.

  20. 71 JER
    March 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  21. 72 JER
    March 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm

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  23. 75 LDS
    March 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Good morning TOD!
    Lurking again and catching up. It is not easy.
    Thank you Ms. Chips for all the fun and my favorite video for St. Patrick’s Day(you know the one).
    Mr. Bobfr I am learning so much history from all of your great information about Russia, Ukraine that I have started taking notes.
    Question: Why did Stalin hate the Ukrainians so much? I mean really….
    He was a sick bastard like Hitler with this ethnic purity crap.
    It helps to explain why racism is so deep rooted here. Also, why the Teabaggers and Wall Street love Putin so much.

    PBO’s arrival was no coincident. Thank God for his Dad’s and Mom’s brief encounter. We and the world are the beneficiaries.
    I have nightmares thinking if McGrumpy and Richie Rich were in the WH. I would stay in bed and not get up and with a winter like this one, no health care for millions, heroes not receiving the honor they deserve due to pure racism and young people going to war instead of singing “Happy” all over the world……I shudder.

  24. March 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    “After the stagnation of the last two decades — including the failed attempt at democratization in 2004–2005 that was dubbed the Orange Revolution — and the upheaval of the last two months, Ukraine is a profoundly demoralized country. For too long, Ukrainians have seen themselves as victims of Western neglect or Russian imperialism.

    Poles know that being at the mercy of outside powers can inflict psychological trauma. But they can offer Ukraine the positive example of their own transition. Polish diplomats have the credibility to firmly remind Ukraine’s political leadership that integrating with Europe will not simply be a process of being bailed out by Brussels but will instead require that Ukrainians themselves take the initiative to modernize their economy and their government. The revolutionary energies that deposed the last government will now have to be channeled toward improving their country’s institutions.

    Ukraine’s transition toward the West must also involve an open and honest accounting of its history. Just as Germany was ready to account for its war crimes against Poland, Poland should now deepen its historical dialogue with Ukraine. There will be some residue of tension between Warsaw and Kiev until their governments openly discuss their mutual past. By helping clear the air of any historical resentments, Poland can help integrate Ukraine into Europe while preserving the EU’s greatest legacy: peace among its member states.

    Poland can also guide Ukraine through the process of overcoming its status as a land caught between East and West. Today‘s Ukrainians, like the Poles of two decades ago, carry the trauma of being at other people’s mercy. If Poland’s history can offer a positive lesson to Ukrainians, it’s that they need to begin counting on their own strengths. Europe and the West must and will help. But only the Ukrainians themselves can be their own saviors.”

    Why Poland Holds the Key to Ukraine’s Future
    More at the link: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141041/pawel-swieboda/europes-eastward-evangelists#cid=soc-twitter-at-snapshot-europe_s_eastward_evangelists-000000

  25. March 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    One hour from the time of this comment …

    “Acting President of Ukraine , Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov self-proclaimed government of Crimea three o’clock in time for the release of all hostages and cease provocations on the peninsula.

    Turchynov said today during another provocation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has been taken hostage by Commander Naval Forces of Ukraine Sergey kontradmirala Haiduk.

    “This is not the first fact of unlawful seizure of military and civilians in the Crimea” , – he said , adding that today the working group headed by the First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema and acting Defense Minister Igor Tenyukh who flew to the Crimea ” to solve all of problems self-proclaimed authority has not given the autonomy to land the plane .”

    “Russian military cynically refused to negotiate cease provocations and free the hostages , referring to the militias and self-proclaimed government decision Crimea”, – said Alexander Turchinov.

    In addition , the head of Parliament said that the Russian military and the self-proclaimed government of Crimea has warned: “If to 21:00 will not cease all provocations against the Ukrainian troops , and Admiral Hayduk and all other hostages, both military and civilian , will not be released , the authorities will take appropriate measures . ” ” Including technical and technological nature ,” – he explained.”

    Best I could do with Google Translate :)

    Serious confrontation looming …

  26. 79 japa21
    March 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Bob, I waited to see when you would show up before I made this comment. There has been a lot of talk about the economic consequences for Russia in all this. Well, it is quite possible that Crimea will suffer an economic crisis that hasn’t been mentioned much.

    Crimea has long been a tourist attraction for people from Russia. However, it is also a major tourist attraction for non-Russians as well. Several cruise lines stop, or at least used to, at Sevastopol as part of their itinerary. I have a hunch that many are reconsidering that as we speak. Yes, most of them also go to places like St. Petersburg, but that is quite different.

    A lot of tourism dollars from the West flow into Crimea. Will they continue to flow? I have a hunch that there will be a significant drop.

    • March 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Agree with your assessment, John. Crimea, in a matter of days, has become a very hostile place. And, little issues like not being able to get cash from ATMs, conscripting Crimeans to serve in Chechnya, etc (all of which started in the past 72 hours) will make it really toxic to tourists. If the Tatars go ‘underground’ and begin attacking Russian troops, well …. yes, not a tourist attraction any longer!

  27. 81 JER
    March 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  28. March 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    TOD Nerds…….. the time is upon us

    • 83 CBO
      March 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Um……they already started shooting and have in fact shot the first couple of scenes in Johannesburg in South Africa.

      It was a Hulk rampage scene.

  29. 84 Nena20409
    March 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Good Afternoon TODable TOD

    Jay’s at the WH Podium LIVE 3-19-14

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-181

    BBL

  30. 85 Melanie
    March 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Nice article here about the particular benefits of the ACA for women along with an accompanying article and graph from NerdWallet.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/for-women-the-benefits-of-insurance-outweigh-its-costs/284500/

  31. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    March 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

  32. 87 vcprezofan2
    March 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    So, apart from #ACA, what’s cooking?

  33. March 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t mean to stray off topic but…….. to me this is obvious.

    https://twitter.com/bardgal/status/446345524992430081

  34. 89 vcprezofan2
    March 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hasn’t no one said anything for the last 20+ minutes in the village? I find that hard to believe, so why is my laptop not updating when I click ‘refresh’ as I’ve been doing for the last 20 mins.?

  35. March 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    “……Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win a Nobel Prize. Now, at 70, Dr. Molina is trying to awaken the public to an even bigger risk. He spearheaded a committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, which released a stark report Tuesday on global warming. The report warns that the effects of human emissions of heat-trapping gases are already being felt, that the ultimate consequences could be dire, and that the window to do something about it is closing.

    “The evidence is overwhelming: Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are rising,” says the report. “Temperatures are going up. Springs are arriving earlier. Ice sheets are melting. Sea level is rising. The patterns of rainfall and drought are changing. Heat waves are getting worse, as is extreme precipitation. The oceans are acidifying.” In a sense, this is just one more report about global warming in a string going back decades. For anybody who was already paying attention, the report contains no new science. But the language in the 18-page report, called “What We Know,” is sharper, clearer and more accessible than perhaps anything the scientific community has put out to date…………”

    • 92 MightyPamela
      March 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      I think it’s too late, isn’t it? We started hearing cautions easily 30 – 40 years ago, about the tipping point. It seemed if we didn’t start way back then, we would be facing an irreversible situation, too big to be effectively managed with such small measures as we are attempting now, and trying to go around the deniers and those who refuse to put planet before profit.

  36. 93 dotster3
    March 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I see PBO will be on Ellen tomorrow—–no doubt talking ACA——-maybe some dancin’.

  37. 94 Nena20409
    March 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    9 yrs old with COSMOS Host.

    Awesome

  38. 96 a4alice
    March 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    chips don’t mind me I’m just trying out these new wordpress emoticons
    :?: :burrito: :heart: XD


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