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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets tourists at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Saturday, April 9, 2011. The President made an unannounced stop to thank people for visiting the memorial a day after he and Congressional leaders agreed on a bill to keep the government open (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern):

9:05 AM: The President and First Lady depart the White House

12:30: Arrive in Killeen, Texas

3:0: The President and First Lady attend a memorial ceremony, Fort Hood, Sadowski Field

5:20: The President and First Lady arrive in Houston, Texas

6:0: The President attends a DNC event, Private Residence

8:20: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a joint DCCC/DSCC dinner, Private Residence

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TPM: Obamacare Might Be Covering Way More People Than Previously Thought

RAND Corp, a non-profit think tank, released the survey. Its eye-opening finding: 7.2 million previously uninsured people have gained health coverage through their employer since mid-September. That’s on top of those people who have purchased private coverage on Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces or enrolled in Medicaid or young adults who signed up through their parents’ plan. Those three groups were the only people that many previous estimates of Obamacare’s impact had accounted for.

In other words, if you take the earlier estimates of 8.3 million to 9.5 million uninsured people who had gotten covered by marketplace plans, Medicaid and their parents’ policies — and then add some of the millions more who RAND found had gotten insured through their employer — then Obamacare could be responsible for reducing America’s uninsured ranks much more than the earlier estimates suggested.It’s safe to say that if Obamacare is leading to that significant a surge in employer-based coverage, it’s an impact that few people saw coming. The Congressional Budget Office didn’t anticipate such an increase — its analysis had projected that employer-based coverage would rise by only 1 million from 2013 to 2014.

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Paul Krugman: Three Legs Good, One Leg Bad

The good news for Obamacare just keeps coming in. Via Charles Gaba, the Rand Survey — which was the subject of a report in the LA Times, but which wasn’t publicly available — is now in. And it says that as of mid-March — that is, before the final enrollment surge — the Affordable Care Act had already produced a net gain of 9.3 million insured adults. Again, that’s a net gain; so much for claims that more people are losing insurance than gaining it.

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Philip Bump: The Source Of Black Poverty Isn’t Black Culture, It’s American Culture

Americans don’t want to imagine that our racist history is actually an ongoing, racist reality. We like to look at racism as a thing that has gotten better (if not gone away completely) and that the way black Americans are treated in society is actually colorblind. So, if forced to pick between the idea that our country’s structures and systems are biased toward white people or the idea that black communities are flawed, many pick the latter. Some doing so, of course, because they’re racist. Believing that black culture is primarily at fault means believing that black cultural attitudes

are why the black unemployment rate has always been at least 50 percent higher than white unemployment. Is black culture why this 2003 study found that job applicants “with white-sounding names are 50 percent more likely to get called for an initial interview than applicants with African-American-sounding names”? American history demonstrates countless examples of racist obstruction of black economic success. Ongoing examples show countless ways in which black Americans are still obstructed in the same way.

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Alex Pareene: Morning Joe’s Special Privileges: Why Is MSNBC Allowing Him To Help GOP Raise Money?

Joe Scarborough, who is definitely not running for president, is going to New Hampshire next month to deliver the keynote address at the Chesire County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. This follows another visit to New Hampshire last month, where Scarborough delivered a speech to the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. Joe Scarborough would like you to know that he is not planning a run for president — he just happens to enjoy New Hampshire, I guess, and who doesn’t? (He also recently visited South Carolina.) But as the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reports, this totally normal not-at-all presidential campaign-related New Hampshire visit probably violates MSNBC policy on hosts raising money for political parties or candidates. Because it is a fundraiser.

Maybe it doesn’t make a ton of sense to allow hosts to advocate, on-air, for certain parties and candidates, but not to donate to or raise money for them, but those are the rules, and those rules are what got then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann suspended in 2010, after Olbermann donated money to three Democratic candidates.This year, MSNBC forced liberal host Ed Schultz to withdraw from a Democratic Party fundraiser. This will be Scarborough’s second Republican Party fundraiser of the year. He is delivering the keynote address, not merely moderating a panel. The money raised for the dinner will go to Cheshire County Republicans. It all seems pretty cut and dried.

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Charles Pierce on The Washington Examiner:

“It’s one step above that which you find under your windshield wiper at a flea market.”

Genius.

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NYT: U.S. And NATO Warn Russia Against Further Intervention In Ukraine

As the government in Kiev moved to reassert control over pro-Russian protesters across eastern Ukraine, the United States and NATO issued stern warnings to Moscow about further intervention in the country’s affairs amid continuing fears of an eventual Russian incursion. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Kremlin of fomenting the unrest, calling the protests the work of saboteurs whose machinations were as “ham-handed as they are transparent.” Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he added:

“No one should be fooled — and believe me, no one is fooled — by what could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea. It is clear that Russian special forces and agents have been the catalysts behind the chaos of the last 24 hours.” The secretary general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Russia would be making a “historic mistake” by going into Ukraine, and he urged the Kremlin to “step back.” At a news conference in Paris, he said any such actions “would have grave consequences for our relationship with Russia” and “would further isolate Russia internationally.”

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Sahil Kapur: Republicans Warn Of New Obamacare Reality: No Repeal Without Alternative

For all the challenges still facing Obamacare and its supporters, conservative health wonks are increasingly cautioning Republicans that the politics of the issue have changed in the wake of the 7 million initial sign-ups. Simply repealing the law is no longer an option, they warn, even if Republicans gain the power to do so. If they want to unwind the law, the least they’ll have to do is coalesce around health care solutions of their own, lest they strip away benefits for millions of Americans without a plan of their own. And the party is far from a consensus on how they’d replace the law. There is internal dissent on whether Republicans ought to come up with an alternative. One congressional GOP health aide, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly, said his party is as determined as ever to fight Obamacare, and will remain so as long as it exhibits failure. He said devising an alternative is fraught with the difficulty of crafting a new benefits structure that doesn’t look like the Affordable Care Act.

“If you want to say the further and further this gets down the road, the harder and harder it gets to repeal, that’s absolutely true,” the aide said. “As far as repeal and replace goes, the problem with replace is that if you really want people to have these new benefits, it looks a hell of a lot like the Affordable Care Act. … To make something like that work, you have to move in the direction of the ACA. You have to have a participating mechanism, you have to have a mechanism to fund it, you have to have a mechanism to fix parts of the market.” It sheds light on why Republicans haven’t yet followed through on the “replace” component of their “repeal and replace” mantra, more than four years after Obamacare was enacted. The popular parts of the law, most notably the preexisting conditions guarantee, are unsustainable without unpopular parts like the individual mandate. Unraveling the parts people dislike means unraveling the whole structure, and rebuilding the well-liked elements is difficult without arriving at a similar place as Obamacare.

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BBC: Ukraine Crisis: Key Four-Way Talks Announced

Senior officials from the EU, Russia, the US and Ukraine are to meet next week to discuss the worsening situation in Ukraine. It will be the first four-way meeting since the crisis erupted. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will join US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia. Russia annexed Crimea in February and has troops massed along the border. Kiev and the US accuse Moscow of fomenting unrest in the mainly Russian-speaking east of the country as a pretext to possibly seizing more territory – a claim strongly refuted by Russia.

As a war of words between Russia and the West hotted up on Tuesday, Mr Kerry said Russian special forces and agents had been “the catalyst behind the chaos of the last 24 hours”. He said the events “could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea”. On Tuesday, an EU diplomatic source told BBC News that the European Commission was setting up a special “Support Group for Ukraine” to co-ordinate assistance. The group will consist of several dozen people and its work could be extended to cover fellow ex-Soviet states Georgia and Moldova, the source added.

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NPR: Wave Of Newly Insured Patients Strains Oregon Health Plan

Millions of Americans who didn’t have health insurance last year now do because of the Affordable Care Act. In Lane County, Oregon, Trillium Community Health Plan is struggling to deal with a huge influx of new patients looking for health care. CEO Terry Coplin says the company figured 26,000 people would sign up in the first few years. Instead, about that many signed up right off the bat. Cheryl Stumph is one of them. She and her husband, Mike, run Green Streak Automotive, an all-service garage in Veneta, Ore. Last November, Stumph’s 27-year-old son had a stroke and died at the wheel of his tow truck. The stroke stemmed from a genetic problem, so Stumph spent the winter worrying about her six other kids.Genetic testing is expensive, and she didn’t have health insurance. But now she and her family get Medicaid through Trillium Health. She’s thrilled to be able to get a mammogram and treatment for a stubborn infection. The kids can get genetic testing.

She says her husband has a chronic medical problem that needs attention, too. Stories like Stumph’s are being repeated across Oregon. Trillium’s Coplin says the health plan has come up with a four-part plan to deal with this unexpected influx. First, it will pay bonuses to doctors who accept new patients covered by Trillium. Second, Trillium is giving Lane County $900,000 to open a new clinic in an existing building. “They have proposed ways that they can get this clinic up and running by mid-year,” says Coplin. Third, Trillium is hiring a consultant to see if existing clinics can increase efficiency, for example, by changing who fills out forms. “Having physicians do clerical work is really a waste of valuable resources,” Coplin says. And finally, Trillium is offering $500,000 to any clinic or group of physicians willing to expand their practice to take on another 5,000 adult patients.

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Tommy Christopher: Anatomy Of A Media Attack: ABC News, Fox News, And CNN On White House And Equal Pay

On this Equal Pay Day, it is instructive to see how the mainstream media constructs an attack on the White House and disguises it as good old-fashioned adversarial journalism. One clip you’ve probably seen all day today is of cable news hosts debating the talking point about a supposed gender pay gap among the White House staff, which conservatives raise annually in an attempt to undermine the President’s commitment to pay equity, and the notion of pay equity itself. The figure that The American Enterprise Institute is using this year, 88 cents on every dollar, comes from comparing the median annual salary of women who work in the White House, to the median annual salary of their male colleagues. The AEI report deliberately ignores whether the men and women at the White House are being paid the same amount for the same jobs, because they’re trying to critique President Obama’s use of a similar statistic in his speeches about equal pay.

Besides, when two different reporters tag-teamed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about it on Monday, Carney explained, clear as a bell, that women in the White House get paid exactly the same as men for the same jobs. Clear as a bell. Jon Karl brought up the AEI study, and Carney explained the gap as a function of looking at the aggregate of all staffers, including the most junior, but that “men and women in equivalent roles here earn equivalent salaries. For example, we have two deputy chiefs of staff, one man and one woman, and they earn the same salary. We have 16 department heads, over half of them are women, all of whom make the same salary as their male counterparts.” What isn’t fair is for ostensibly objective news organizations to present a Republican talking point, then only play part of the White House’s response.

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Annie-Rose Strasser: Why The Government Just Threw Down $225 Million On Hybrid Electric Trains

The Illinois Department of Transportation signed a contract to bring a total of 32 hybrid electric-diesel trains to the United States last month. The trains will start running by 2016. And the project, when all is said and done, will cost the United States $225 million — a number that may sound enormous but that will actually save a significant amount of both money and the carbon pollution that drives climate change. “The Charger locomotives will be used exclusively in passenger service,” a release from Siemens, the company manufacturing the locomotives, says. The trains “will be manufactured in the U.S. by Cummins Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Indiana,” and, will run in Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Should all go well with the original 32, there’s an option for an additional 225 locomotives down the line. The hybrid electric engines will make the trains more efficient. The emissions standards, in particular, are what will make the locomotives worth the extra million dollars apiece. Those EPA standards require a 90 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide, a greenhouse gas, and in particulate matter (aka soot), which contributes to pollution and health problems.A similar train in Germany, in fact, reduced carbon emissions and energy use by a full 25 percent compared to standard trains.

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Alec Macgillis: This Is What Life In A Plutocracy Looks Like

2. On Monday, a Senate subcommittee releases a report on the tax avoidance used by Caterpillar, the giant Peoria, Ill.-based heavy equipment manufacturer, which cut its tax bill by $2.4 billion over the past 13 years by allotting $8 billion in revenues from its parts division to a subsidiary in Switzerland, where only 65 of the division’s 8,500 employees work. In an email exchange about whether this was appropriate, a managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was paid $55 million to concoct this arrangement, said: “What the heck, we’ll all be retired when this audit comes up on audit…Baby boomers have their fun, and leave it to the kids to pay for it.” 6. Later on Thursday morning, between 9 and 10 a.m., part of the overhead electric line that powers the Acela train comes down onto the tracks near Bowie, Maryland, between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Virtually all train traffic between Baltimore and Washington shuts down for hours as undermanned crews struggle to repair the line, thereby severely hampering traffic in the Washington to Boston Northeast corridor that carries 750,000 passengers on 2,000 trains per day and also spelling panic for the Thursday afternoon rail commuters heading north out of Washington.One passenger is left thinking that this country could use some more spending on infrastructure, transportation and the general commonweal. Yes, that risks being “collectivist” and would be opposed by a casino magnate with vast holdings in Macau and would leave less for top-bracket tax cuts in the Ryan budget. But heck, it would also mean some more business for Caterpillar, which might even be prevailed upon to keep some of its income stateside, thus helping pay for said investment in the future of the greatest nation on earth.

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Peter Beinart: Sheldon Adelson’s Culture Of Hate

Imagine this. Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Elizabeth Warren and multiple lesser Democratic notables travel halfway across the country to kiss the ring of a Palestinian-American billionaire who has shown himself willing to spend tens of millions of dollars subsidizing presidential campaigns. The billionaire has some provocative views. Six months earlier, he suggested that if Israel does not end its nuclear weapons program, America should drop an “atomic weapon…in the middle of the [Negev] desert that doesn’t hurt a soul.” If that doesn’t work, America should drop “the next one…in the middle of” Tel Aviv.

The billionaire insists that there is no such thing as the Jewish people. It’s a hoax; the Jews “have fooled the world very successfully.” And he declares that “There isn’t a” Jew “alive who wasn’t raised on a curriculum of hatred and hostility toward the” Palestinians. Change the words “Democrat” to “Republican,” “Israel” to “Iran” and “Palestinian” to “Jewish,” and that’s exactly what just happened. Leading contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination spent last weekend wooing and feting a billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, whose views – if directed at Jews—would put him in the company of Louis Farrakhan and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Think I’m exaggerating? Let’s check the record. Adelson has called for nuking the Iranian desert (which supposedly wouldn’t “hurt a soul”) and then nuking Tehran unless Iran abandons its nuclear weapons program. I’m all for Iran abandoning its nuclear weapons program. But how does threatening Tehran with nuclear annihilation make Adelson any different than those Iranians who have threatened to destroy Israel? Then there’s Adelson’s view that the Palestinians are an “invented people.” Again, flip it around. In 2008, when Tel Aviv University’s Shlomo Sand published a book called “The Invention of the Jewish People,” he was widely called anti-Semitic. When Adelson says the same about Palestinians, he’s a Republican rock star. This isn’t hawkishness. It’s hate.

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Danny Vinik: House GOP Leader Admits His Party Doesn’t Care About The Long-Term Unemployed

Over the past three months, Republicans have offered one excuse after another for not extending unemployment insurance. With the Senate passing a UI extension on Monday night, House Republican leaders are searching for any reason to oppose the bill—and openly admitting that they only care about the politics of the long-term unemployment crisis. Now Representative Tom Cole, the deputy whip, has come up with a new one: House Republicans don’t feel any pressure to pass it. “I don’t think there is a great sense of pressure on our members,” Cole said Monday.

“The prevailing view in our conference is that there aren’t adequate pay-fors and it’s time for this program to come to an end.” In other words, House Republicans will only help the long-term unemployed when they think there is political pressure on them to do so—not because it is sound public policy.Then again, at least Cole is being honest: House Republicans don’t care about the long-term unemployed. They only care about the politics surrounding them.

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The New Zealand Herald: Michelle Obama’s Mother Plays A Crucial Role

It was a rare, almost intimate scene, between Michelle Obama and her mother, played out before the world. When a group of Chinese girls invited the First Lady to skip rope at an event on the ancient city wall during her recent visit to Xi’an, China, she kicked her heels off to slide on a pair of flats. Before an aide could swoop in and pick up her daughter’s shoes, Marian Robinson bent down to grab them. Then, the 76-year-old grandmother beamed as Obama jumped. Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, stood nearby, shyly hanging back as their mother took centre stage. Robinson clapped and smiled. For six days in China, the least-public resident of the White House was a central figure on the public stage. Overseas trips such as the one Robinson took with her daughter and granddaughters last month provide an uncommon glimpse into their family dynamic and the critical role she has continued to play in the first family.

In China, Michelle Obama proudly showed off her mother, and their bond was obvious. Max Baucus, the newly appointed US ambassador to China, tasked with introducing the First Lady to Chinese students at Peking University, offered, “She’s so devoted to her mother, Mrs Robinson.” Her children have said she has built a busy social life, but she still remains a go-to person for ensuring her granddaughters, who’ve grown up as household names, maintain some normality. It was this role she played in China, walking with her granddaughters as their mother drew the world’s attention, or taking them to dinner when the First Lady had other obligations. It is a space in which Robinson has grown comfortable. She smiled brightly at China’s president, Xi Jinping, and outstretched her hand to him during a brief, formal meeting between the two first families. She greeted China’s First Lady, Peng Liyuan, with a wave, and she strolled along as their group toured the Forbidden City, where emperors once dwelled. She chatted with Baucus while walking through the Summer Palace, an enchanting park of gardens, lakes and pavilions in Beijing.

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Susan K. Livio: Most NJ Residents Want To Keep Obamacare Law, Poll Says

Now that Obamacare is here and the first enrollment period has closed, a growing majority of New Jerseyans say want to keep the health care law and fix its flaws, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll released today. About 60 percent of the poll’s participants said they want the law improved, while 7 percent said Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, is fine as it is, but all of them, 67 percent, would oppose an effort to repeal it, according to the poll’s findings.

That’s 8 points higher than the response from a national poll by Kaiser Health poll last month.According to February statistics from the Obama administration, 74,000 New Jerseyans signed up for private health insurance through the online exchange and 123,000 enrolled through Medicaid. Enrollment closed March 31 for 2014, but will reopen in November for the following year.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding the Marine One helicopter, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force base, Md., then onto Fort Hood, Texas for a memorial service in honor of those who died

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with Col. William M. Knight from the Marine One helicopter to board Air Force One

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On This Day:

Children from Bancroft Elementary School help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House Vegetable Garden April 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton) 

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table April 9, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

Children from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C. help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House Vegetable Garden, April 9, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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President Obama talks on the phone with Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, in the Oval Office, after announcing that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court, April 9, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama waves to tourists at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., April 9, 2011. The President made an unannounced stop to thank people for visiting the memorial a day after he and Congressional leaders agreed on a bill to keep the government open (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama plays basketball with former NBA player Bruce Bowen on April 9, 2012, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll

President Obama does push-ups on the White House Basketball Court after a member of the Harlem Globetrotters made a shot, April 9, 2012. The President participated in “Shoot for Strength”, a game where children did push-ups for every basketball shot made by the pros, during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll festivities (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama acts out a part of the story while reading from the book Where The Wild Things Are“ with first lady Michelle Obama and his daughter Sasha during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 9, 2012

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First Lady Michelle Obama introduces Justin Timberlake at a workshop, “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul,” in the State Dining Room of the White House, April 9, 2013

“Oh, watching all your faces — priceless. Priceless!” she told the excited group. “Okay, let’s breathe. Come on,” she teased. “Everyone, let’s breathe – even the moms.”

Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake listen to the First Lady at the “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul” workshop

President Obama and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough walk along the South Lawn driveway at the White House, April 9, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Justin Timberlake in the Blue Room of the White House prior to the “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” concert in the East Room, April 9, 2013. At left, First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Queen Latifah and her grandmother, Katherine Viola Bray (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, listen as Eddie Floyd sings “Knock On Wood” during the “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” concert in the East Room of the White House, April 9, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join musicians on stage during the finale of the “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” concert in the East Room of the White House, April 9, 2013. The program included performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake, and Booker T. Jones (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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155 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    April 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Am I?

  2. 5 No Child Left Behind
    April 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    It looks like I am.

    Knock, knock. Good Morning TODVille!

    Now I am going to read all the goodies and look at the beautiful photos. Thank you Nerdy Wonka!

  3. 7 Judith Fardig
    April 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

    So much juicy goodness here!

  4. April 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Nerdy, another spectacular collections of news and links, I need never ever buy a newspaper again :-) You are the very best, thank you.

  5. 11 Ladyhawke
    April 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Can presidents still do ‘big things’?

    By Steve Benen

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    Indeed, those who wonder why Obama can’t be more like Johnson often forget what Johnson saw on Capitol Hill. The 89th Congress, which governed in 1965 and 1966, approved Medicare, Medicaid, the Voting Rights Act, Higher Education Act, and the Freedom of Information Act, among other things. Was it because LBJ was such a persuasive guy who believed in “leading more”? Maybe, or perhaps it was because Johnson’s party enjoyed overwhelming supermajorities in the House and Senate, and governed in an era in which filibusters were extremely rare (as opposed to being imposed on literally every piece of important legislation).

    Obama’s legislative victories from his first two years were so impressive, he already has more breakthrough accomplishments on his record than most modern presidents. History will likely be kind. But those who remain “frustrated” he hasn’t been able to do more should direct their attention to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/04/09/rise-and-shine-794/#comments

    • 12 Nena20409
      April 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      And it was also because JFK had been assassinated and in 1964, LBJ was given 75 in the senate and over 350 House members. Then GOPers in the North believed in governing.

      During FDR until 1946, Dems also enjoyed huge numbers in both Chambers.

      • 13 jziglar
        April 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        Yeah it was a different time back then. The republican party had moderates and liberal Rockefeller republicans who the opposing party could negotiate with and cut deals. And like you said the democrats had large majorities.

  6. April 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Good morning. Juicy stuff all around

  7. 15 Nerdy Wonka
    April 9, 2014 at 11:11 am
  8. 16 Dakota
    April 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    A beautiful Southwest morning…spring is finally here…I think…I hope!

    My sincerest condolences to Jackie Grumbacher on the lost of her loved one. Peace and Blessings.

  9. April 9, 2014 at 11:28 am
  10. 18 57andfemale
    April 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Forgive the Orange Satan link but I doubt you’ll find this story anywhere else.

    Rural, blood-red Arkansas: a local paper does a story about a volunteer health clinic that is shutting its doors. It used to get 300 people/day for the one day/week that it operated. The more people who signed up for ACA, the less people came into the clinic until they were down to 3 people/day. ACA is providing health care to the people instead of relying on ‘charity’.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/09/1290727/-Obamacare-Headline-in-Rural-Arkansas

  11. April 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Good morning, everyone. Great Rise & Shine, again.

    If you saw my news and left a reply, I want to thank you again for your response and support. I couldn’t reply to everyone individually. Hugs and kisses :) :)

    Hope you all have a great day. :)

  12. 27 HZ
    April 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD Family. Thanks so much again for all of the wonderful work that you do NerdyW.., to continue to make such a wonderful place to come to each day.

    I love you Jackie Grumbacher, and I will continue to lift you up in my thoughts and prayers to help you get through this difficult time. ((((Love)))))

    The Pay Equity Bill failed by a vote of 54 Yes and 43 NO. Senate Reid voted No so he can bring it up again on the floor. Pray and work hard. Call your Senators. We will continue to Fight On. HZ

    • 28 57andfemale
      April 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

      The filibuster abuse is ruining our ability to govern. The bill ‘passed’ but was not allowed to ‘pass’. And if, God forbid, we lose the Senate we will not exact the same standard as the Republicans have bludgeoned us with.

      • 29 Cindy
        April 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Good afternoon 57andfemale,

        I do hope today is going well for you. I read your post yesterday during my peep in time, and was saddened that your day was so troublesome for you, as it relates to work. I hope the family is well; Mr. 57, Mr. Casper, Miss Pretty Girl Pearl and Mr. Nickelby. This is one of my favorites, and I hope that it brings a smile. Have a wonderful and blessed, not so stressed day, if all is possible.

        Blessings,

        {{{{{{{{{{57andfemale}}}}}}}}}

        The Footprints Prayer

        One night I had a dream… I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
        For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
        When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

        I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
        I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints.

        I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.
        The Lord replied,

        “My precious, precious 57andfemale. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering.

        When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

        • 30 Dudette
          April 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

          HZ always says it just right!
          Co-sign!!!!!

        • 31 57andfemale
          April 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

          Good morning, Cindy –

          I still need to tackle what I was talking about yesterday. Everyone’s good wishes and positive energy is helping. I am best if I can plan and I have some leeway to do this. I will do best if I feel prepared.

          Mr. 57 and the pups are doing great. The ‘boys’ can now go for regular walks now that the weather is reasonable. I think the Divine Miss Pearl and I will go ‘visiting’ this week to see our 81 year old neighbor and her pup, Gabi. We haven’t been able to do that all winter.

          I feel the energy of your blessings and send them back to you. You are such a loving soul. May the Light shine upon you………

          • 32 Cindy
            April 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

            Thank you Dear One : )

            Just remember; trouble don’t last always.

            Enjoy your visit with your neighbor; smile, laugh and enjoy your day, and remember, divine intervention is never far away.

            I am sure Miss Pearl and Gabi will have a lot to catch up on : )

            • 33 57andfemale
              April 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

              Gabi is 11 months old. I wish Joan would let them play but she keeps thinking that Gabi is scaring Pearl. Trust me, Pearl is fearless and she loves to play. And poor little Gabi needs the emotional and physical outlet.

              Joan lost her beloved Westie, Gizmo, last summer and she was absolutely heartbroken. I wanted her to adopt a young adult, but she was so heartbroken her daughter took her to a pet store and she bought a Maltese mix puppy. Training and caring for a puppy has been a lot for her. She loves to hold Pearl, who is docile on her lap. And she loves Mr. Nickelby – he’s always on best behavior for her. Kasper on the other hand – yap! YAP! Yap! He can’t understand why Pearl and Nickelby get ‘nicey’s’ from everyone and when he’s telling them he wants attention, too! Nickelby is a lot like her Gizmo. Now that she’s almost through the first year, Gabi will be a wonderful companion – once she calms down a little. I love Joan with all my heart.

              • 34 Cindy
                April 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

                Ahhh …….what a sweet story.

                The little 6th grader that I tutor every morning, her little dog is named Gizmo, he is sooooooo funny and precious.

                I remember reading about Kasper’s adventures with hiding the toys, so I understand his busy body mood. Miss Joan sounds like a beautiful person. Miss Pearl; a true lady indeed, her name seems to be fitting to her calm personality and lady like manners.

                Miss Pearl…………would you be having your doggie tea this afternoon? : )

                • 35 57andfemale
                  April 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

                  She is a ‘Pearl’. It suits her perfectly – lit from within with a soft, luminous, gentle glow. They called her ‘Jewels’ at the shelter and she didn’t engage me until I said, ‘Pearl’ – her ears perked up, she turned 270 degrees on my lap to look into my eyes and, well, that was it. She was ours.

    • 37 Nerdy Wonka
      April 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you, HZ and thank you for the information about the Pay Equity Bill. We will continue to “Fight On.”

      Have a great day.

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      HZ, I love you too and your prayers are very special to me. Thank you.

  13. 39 Linda
    April 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Charles and David Koch may have spent millions of dollars opposing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, but that didn’t stop them from benefiting from the law. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Koch Industries received $1.4 million in subsidies from a $5 billion program established by the Affordable Care Act to help employers and states maintain coverage for individuals 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare.

    ThinkProgress first noticed that Koch applied for the program in August of 2010, along with other critics of the law, including state-run programs in Texas and more than a dozen members of the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent millions to support Republican causes.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/09/3424562/koch-brothers-received-millions-in-obamacare-subsidies/

  14. 40 Linda
    April 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This 32-Year-Old Florida Woman Is Dead Because Her State Refused To Expand Medicaid

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/09/3424629/florida-medicaid-charlene-dill/

  15. 43 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm
  16. 44 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm
    • 45 japa21
      April 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      For once, they have it right by singling out the GOP. Usually it is “The Senate fails to pass” or “Congress Votes Down” or whatever.

    • 48 Nerdy Wonka
      April 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      The media truly is the pits. A bill that curbs paycheck discrimination against women is not some “election-year” gimmick. It’s the morally and economically right thing to do.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Jer, I would love to contribute to the tv ad that tells American women that Republicans think their work isn’t good enough to be paid what men are paid. Nail it to them. Make this every Democratic candidate’s talking point!

  17. April 9, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Senate Republicans block paycheck fairness yet again. Explain to me why a majority of white women vote for them.

    • April 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      It truly is one of life’s great mysteries, LL.

    • 52 Nerdy Wonka
      April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      It’s puzzling, frustrating, and annoying. Even after Ken Cuccinelli proposed such insane policies for Virginia women, a majority of white women voted for him. I was gobsmacked. Virginians (especially white women) should be on their knees thanking God for Black women in their state who came out in overwhelming numbers and put Terry McAuliffe and other Democrats in control.

      Same with the 2012 election. White women overwhelmingly voted for Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama. Hmmm….I wonder why. Minority women – Black, Latino, Asian, Native American – saved this country (in the female demographic) by making sure President Obama won reelection so everyone could reap the benefits of positive policies.

      It makes me scratch my head when I hear/see people voting against their interests time and time again. The definition of insanity truly does ring true.

      • April 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        “Women voted for Obama”. Wrong. Women of color voted overwhelmingly for him, and enough white women went along for him to win the female vote. It just infuriates me when pundits say “women voted for Obama”, because what they mean is “white women voted for Obama”, when nothing could be further from the truth.

        Oh, but if Hillary runs again, you can bet that even GOP white women will cross party lines and vote for her this time.

      • 54 jackiegrumbacher
        April 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm

        It puzzles me, too, NW, because so many white women were working their hearts out for our president, coming in early and leaving late. I can’t imagine ANY Democratic woman voting for Romney or any Republican male. I can only suppose the Independents, who don’t like to get their hands dirty in campaigns, tipped the balance int the white women category.

  18. 55 EricFive
    April 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This conventional wisdon of gop wave in 2014 seems more and more like the msm projecting GOP wishful thinking and portraying it as reality. Just like in 2012 the media told us the gop closed the gender gap, Black people would not vote for PBO, Mitt would win the popular vote and dems suffered a huge enthusiasm gap. I refuse to believe that the public will give the GOP a pass for shutting down the gov’t, even though the msm is trying mighty hard to pretend it never happened. In short, I’m not falling for the propaganda. I see the game being played. Thankfully more and more people are waking up. TheGOP will continue to believe their own propaganda and will get a rude wakeup call come Nov.

  19. 56 japa21
    April 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    The 8 year old girl who was befirended by the MSU basketball team and was at several of the teams major events has died just over a week after the team was eliminated in the NCAA tournament.

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/10754327/michigan-state-spartans-adreian-payne-mourning-loss-princess-lacey-cancer

  20. April 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  21. April 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Live streaming: The President and First Lady arrive in Texas

    http://www.wfaa.com/video?id=139367478&sec=553117

  22. 69 Cindy
    April 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Good afternoon Chipsticks and Danny!
    Wishing you a wonderful day!

    Good afternoon TOD family,
    Happy Beautiful ……..WHAT DAY IS IT?………YOU KNOW……COME ON YOU KNOW…….IT’S HUMP DAY!!!!

    Have a BEAUTIFUL blessed day everyone!

  23. 70 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Great R&S … as always Nerdy!

    Loved the article about Mrs. Robinson. Just wish they’d left off the part about her not having a Secret Service detail. That was highly uncalled for and in my mind risky. However, I can’t believe they really don’t have someone looking out for her. Hopefully, it’s just that they’re not obvious to her.

  24. 74 Cindy
    April 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hi jackiegrumbacher…..Happy Wednesday To You!

    I took time out to peep in and catch up on the news, and saw your post. So sorry to hear the news. Hear are some special words that I hope will bring some comfort during your time of bereavement. I will lift you and your family up in prayers.

    Warmest Blessings,
    Cindy

    {{{{{{{{{{{jackiegrumbacher}}}}}}}}}}}

    Safely Home

    I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
    Oh, so happy and so bright!
    There is perfect joy and beauty
    In this everlasting light.

    All the pain and suffering is over
    Every restless tossing passed;
    I am now at peace forever,
    Safely home in Heaven at last.

    Did you wonder I so calmly
    Trod the valley of the shade?
    Oh! but Jesus’ love illumined
    Every dark and fearful glade.

    And he came Himself to meet me
    In that way so hard to tread
    And with Jesus’ arm to lean on
    Could I have one doubt or dread?

    Then you must not grieve so sorely,
    For I love you dearly still:
    Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
    Pray to trust our Father’s will.

    There is still work waiting for you,
    So you must not idly stand;
    Do it now, while life remaineth-
    You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

    When that work is completed,
    He will gently call you home;
    Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
    Oh, the joy to see you come!

    – Unknown author

    • April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Beautiful, Cindy. Thanks for sharing that. This is a difficult week for our family……..six years to the day (Friday) of our grandson’s death. Somehow think it’s going to be even harder with the anniversary being on same day of week. This poem is beautiful and great reminder of what we need to focus on.

      • 76 Cindy
        April 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

        aaahhhhhhhTnmtngirl,

        I so sorry to hear that your precious grandbaby was called home so soon. The anniversaries can definitely be hard-I know all too well. I will pray for your family as you all prepare to go through this challenging time.

        It is a difficult time; remembering the loss, but I pray that you will find the joy of remembering the beauty of his life. Beneath the tears, the laughter will come, the smiles will return and the tears will flow again. Hold on to your sweet memories, and rest in the joy of having him with you, for the time that God gave him to you. We will never have answers to such complexities of life but I pray that you will be comforted during your time of sadness.

        I am still praying for you and added Mr. Tnmtngirl to my prayer list.

        Warmest Blessings,
        {{{{{{Tnmtngirl and Family}}}}}

        Cindy

        • 77 Cindy
          April 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

          I am so sorry-corrected.

        • 78 jackiegrumbacher
          April 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

          TN, can’t think of anything more heartbreaking than the loss of a child or grandchild. Hope you get lifted up with positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult anniversary. Bless you and your family.

      • 79 57andfemale
        April 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      • 80 Dudette
        April 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        So sorry for your loss.

    • 81 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you, Cindy. This brought tears to my eyes–so very, very beautiful.

  25. 82 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I always wonder what is so great about Morning Joe that he is treated with kid gloves on msnbc. I see nothing great; in fact, I just see putrid. All other hosts who committed any kind of transgression, or perceived transgression, are out of there. But unpalatable Joe runs a RNC infomercial there every day, interrupts and talks over and bullies anyone who dares to insert any truthful comment, misinforms, misleads and lies daily, runs off to do RNC fundraisers, and all of this is just swell with the powers that be there because……..what? I noticed that he is now running a Jeb Bush is The Most Wonderful Person in the Whole Wide World and Jeb Bush for President campaign there now. I think he might be visualizing a Bush/Scarborough ticket—–horror of horrors.

    • 83 Lb4Obama
      April 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I saw him this morning pretend boxing Louis in a bear suit during MoJerk’s b-day on air celebration today. He punches like a little girl! I swear I could even hear him going “uhh, uhh” with every girly throw! To me that says VOLUMES! He really is nothing but an over blown ego wuss! :)

  26. 84 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  27. April 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    More AWESOME from the White House:

  28. 89 Linda
    April 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together While Women Like To Go To the Restroom Together ( and other dumb tweets by What the Huck )

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/09/mike-huckabee-men-hunt-women-restroom.html

  29. April 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Attention blog tyrants: Just discovered a must-bookmark site for anyone working with WP. It’s http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/. Gives you all sorts of formatting tricks on text in WP. Now I can format my poetry any way I wish to.

  30. April 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm
  31. April 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    • April 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Had to look up what a “challenge coin” was.

      • April 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        Ah, someone just asked me on the Twitter machine, LL. I had no clue until a while ago, looked it up too. Clinton started the Presidential tradition, apparently.

        • 104 Dudette
          April 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

          Yep. Pretty cool. My sister has a bunch. including one each from Clinton, GWB, and one from then head of Joint Chiefs Colin Powell. Quite a cherished collection. She didn’t get chance to meet PBO before she retired though. Having his signature as President on her retirement paperwork means just as much to her.

  32. April 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Hopefully, now he will nuke the filibuster ….

    As noted late yesterday evening, they are indistinguishable …

    4 Nov 2014 – we know the consequences.

  33. 106 amk for obama
    April 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Indian elections phase 2 in 4 states today. Turnout was from 66 to 83%.

  34. April 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm
  35. 124 symmetry11
    April 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    “We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics,” he continued. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country.”

    “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” Hank Aaron
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/09/republicans-remind-hank-aaron-racists-who-threatened-his-life-during-home-run-pursuit/

  36. 126 Linda
    April 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    ” Operation Roundup.”

    That is the bogus program the electric company is using round all amounts UP to the next dollar regardless if the real amount is under or over 50 cents.

    I was ” Rounded Up” 40 cents on one bill and 60 cents on the other……

  37. 127 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Reminder today’s sessions start in five minutes:

  38. 128 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Shouldn’t there be an arrest here——for inciting violence?

    • April 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm
      • 130 Cindy
        April 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        O my goodness.

        Such vile ignorance………there are no words.

        It wouldn’t surprise me, if old man Robertson arrives 1st, in the grave that he wants President Obama in.

        Be real careful of what you pray for Pat, prayers are like a boomerang, when you put out there; what goes around comes back around.

    • 131 Nena20409
      April 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      I saw that earlier and said to myself……here is a man who is a self proclaimed Christian who would probably NEVER see the Kingdom of Heaven.

      Same guy that said in late 2011 or early 2012 that God had shown him the Victor in the Nov 2012 presidential race. Roberson also said that he would not reveal this so called revelation, publicly until after the election. To date, nothing was ever released.

      So why is the “good” Rev now asking The very same God who gave him that earlier prophecy to Take Out Pres Obama?

      Hey Roberson……you are closer to 6′ under. May Calgon take the hellish wicked to a fiery Blaze.

      Hmm? Jesus predicted the existence of false prophets. Hey Robertson………Jesus was talking about you, idiot.

      • 132 jackiegrumbacher
        April 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        Nena, Robertson is as far from Christian as it’s possible to get. He’s poisonous and a complete fraud who imposes his own prejudices and downright nastiness on audiences and calls it religion. He needs to be wiped off any broadcast channels and shunned like the vicious little worm he is.

  39. 133 Nerdy Wonka
    April 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm
  40. 134 57andfemale
    April 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm
  41. 135 Nerdy Wonka
    April 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Very fascinating discussions taking place at the Civil Rights Summit.

  42. 136 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  43. 137 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    • 138 japa21
      April 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      And to support his case, he quotes the Declaration of Idependence, not the Constitution.

    • 139 Nena20409
      April 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      They know the TRUTH.

      What these people are doing is wickedly evil. It is deliberate. It is to divide. It is to misinform. It is PURE propaganda as was used in the 1900s in Germany.

      They now have a well oiled mega media echo chamber that is on 24/7 driving the Cult of Misinformation to massively control the uninformed, vulnerable, racists and the uneducated.

    • 140 anniebella
      April 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Jim Dimbwitt

    • 141 nathkatun7
      April 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      “DeMint dismisses the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to argue that the Constitution just ultimately led the country in the right direction.

      I mean I’ve read some revisionist history, but this is pure blatant falsification of history! But then again, it may be the case that DeMint is really very, very, ignorant, and does not know much about the Constitution. First, if the Constitution freed slaves then why did Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation; and, what’s the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution all about? Second, how can you claim to believe in the Constitution but dismiss the Thirteenth Amendment, which became a part of the Constitution once it was ratified? The Thirteenth Amendment is part of the Constitution! Finally, DeMint must be ignorant of the following slave clauses in the Constitution that were superseded by the 13th and14th Amendments: (1) the 3/5 clause in Article I, sect. 2, par. 3; (2) the Slave Trade clause in Article I, Sect. 9, par. 1; and (3) The Fugitive Slave clause in Article IV, sect. 2, par. 3. It was precisely because the Constitution originally contained these pro-slavery clauses that necessitated the passage of the Thirteenth and the Fourteenth Amendments.

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      One of my very, very most loved courses in politics in my college days (three years ago) was on India, and to my shame I have forgotten almost everything I learnt. I blame the Cheesy Puffs. Thanks for the link Amk, it’s bringing some of it back!

    • 146 nathkatun7
      April 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks AMK for sharing this! India has produced some of the most gifted and extraordinary human beings in the world.

  44. 147 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm
  45. 148 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    In the state’s most populous county, voters who need to go while waiting to vote aren’t allowed to do so.

  46. 153 Linda
    April 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Angus King – I Maine voted NO on the Paycheck Fairness Act. !!!!!

  47. 154 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    STREAM IS UP: Memorial Ceremony – Fort Hood, Texas – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml


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