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Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama participates in an interview with Stephen Colbert during a taping of “The Colbert Report,” at the Colbert Report Studio in New York, N.Y., April 11, 2012 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Today (All Times Eastern)

11:0 President Obama announces the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to be HHS Secretary

12:15: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Host a Joining Forces Caregivers Event

1:55: The President and First Lady depart the White House

3:05 Arrive New York City

4:10 The President delivers remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention

11:30 The President and First Lady depart New York

12:40 Arrives White House

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 Caitlin Macneal: Arkansas Free Clinic Closing, Citing More Insured Through Obamacare

A medical clinic in Mena, Ark. announced that it would be closing, citing a large drop in need for the clinic as people have signed up for health insurance under Obamacare. “Because people are qualifying for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, our free medical clinic will not be needed anymore,” Stacey Bowser, the director of the 9th Street Ministries Clinic, told the Mena Star.

“We’ve gone from seeing around 300 people a month on a regular basis, but as people were enrolling in Obamacare, the numbers we were seeing have dropped. We were down to 80 people that came through the medical clinic in February, all the way down to three people at the medical clinic in March. Our services won’t be needed anymore, and this will conclude our mission,” she continued.

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LA Times: Bank Of America To Pay $772 Million For Illegal Credit Card Practices

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to refund customers $727 million and pay $45 million in fines for illegal credit card practices, according to a settlement with federal regulators announced Wednesday. The refunds will go to as many as 2.9 million people who were deceived into signing up for products such as credit monitoring and identity theft protection or were improperly charged for such services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said. The action was part of a crackdown by the bureau on deceptive marketing, enrollment and billing practices related to such so-called add-on products by credit card companies. Bank of America is the fifth financial services company to be hit with fines and refund orders.

“Bank of America both deceived consumers and unfairly billed consumers for services not performed,” said Richard Cordray, the bureau’s director. “We will not tolerate such practices and will continue to be vigilant in our pursuit of companies who wrong consumers in this market.” Bank of America agreed to the refunds and penalties without admitting or denying the allegations. In addition to the refunds, the bank will pay a $20-million civil penalty to the bureau and a $25-million civil penalty to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

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Judy Peres: How Obamacare Affects Women’s Health

Meg Finnegan thought she might never be able to afford to have a baby. Finnegan, who is self-employed and has a pre-existing medical condition, was having trouble finding health insurance at all, let alone a policy that would cover pregnancy and childbirth. So she was thrilled to discover that the plan she signed up for last fall under the Affordable Care Act includes maternity coverage. “When you don’t have insurance, you’re afraid of any life event that brings you to the hospital, for a good or a bad reason,” said Finnegan, 37, an Evanston resident. “If I didn’t have insurance, I wouldn’t have a baby. All those doctor’s appointments and tests, and possibly a high-risk delivery — how would you pay for it?” A guarantee of maternity coverage — all new insurance policies must provide it — is just one of a basket of provisions in the federal health law that specifically benefit women. Other guaranteed services include preventive care, which must be covered with no out-of-pocket cost. For most plans, preventive care includes at least one annual “well-woman” visit, breast-feeding support, contraceptives and contraceptive counseling, annual mammograms and cervical cancer screening.

Women’s health advocates also expect women to benefit more from some provisions in the law that apply to people of either sex. For example, the expansion of Medicaid, as well as financial assistance in the form of tax credits and cost sharing, is expected to disproportionately benefit women, who are more likely than men to have low incomes. Insurers also are required to cover mental health screening and treatment, and women have higher rates of depression and other types of mental illness. Kathy Waligora of EverThrive Illinois (formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition) said she considers the law “a huge victory for women.” Finnegan, who said she has a rare condition called Behcet’s disease, is one of 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, which private policies generally did not cover before the health overhaul. Now, by law, insurers may not deny coverage or charge higher premiums on the basis of health status. “I couldn’t get insurance,” said Finnegan, who owns TruFit Personal Training Studio in Evanston. “I tried five different companies. One offered me a policy for $850 a month with a huge deductible and terrible coverage — nothing related to my condition. But all my medical costs are related to that, so basically it meant no coverage.” At the same time, many insurance plans used to consider pregnancy, cesarean section, and even domestic violence and sexual abuse as pre-existing conditions.

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USA Today: Man Cleared Of NYC Murder After 25 Years In Prison

A man who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder was freed Tuesday and cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation. Jonathan Fleming was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family in a Brooklyn courtroom. Relatives said, “Thank you, God!” after he was freed. “After 25 years, come hug your mother,” she said, and he did. Defense attorneys and prosecutors asked a Brooklyn judge to dismiss Fleming’s conviction in the 1989 shooting. A key eyewitness recanted, new witnesses have implicated someone else and a review by prosecutors turned up a hotel receipt putting Fleming in Florida hours before the killing, defense lawyers Anthony Mayol and Taylor Koss said.

“He is elated and stunned, while tempered by the fact that he realizes that this is just the first step in getting his life back,” Koss said before the hearing. Fleming had plane tickets, videos and postcards from his trip, his lawyers said, but authorities suggested he could have been in New York at the actual time of the shooting, and a woman testified that she had seen him shoot Rush. The exoneration, first reported by the New York Daily News, comes amid scrutiny of Brooklyn prosecutors’ process for reviewing questionable convictions — scrutiny that comes partly from the new DA Kenneth Thompson himself. He unseated longtime DA Charles “Joe” Hynes last year after a campaign that focused partly on wrongful convictions on Hynes’ watch. Hynes had created a special conviction integrity unit to review false-conviction claims, but some saw the effort as slow-moving and defensive.

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Jim Puzzanghera: Small-Business Optimism Rebounds As Winter Ends, Survey Says

Small-business owners were more optimistic about the economy last month and expected sales to increase as a winter marked by severe weather ended, according to survey results released Tuesday. The confidence index from the National Federation of Independent Business rose to 93.4 in March, from 91.4 the previous month. The measure is one of the few monthly barometers of the small-business sector, which is a key driver of the economy.

About 12% of the those surveyed said they expected higher sales volumes during the next three months, up 9 percentage points from the February survey. Hiring also improved last month. Small-business owners reported increasing their payrolls by an average of 0.18 workers in March, up from 0.11 the previous month. It was the sixth straight month the survey showed an increase in hiring.

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Igor Volsky: Kathleen Sebelius’ Biggest Achievement Is The One No One Is Talking About

Kathleen Sebelius wasn’t President Obama’s first choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services and oversee the passage and implementation of health care reform. But after Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) dropped out, Obama tapped the two-term Kansas governor and former state insurance commissioner. Sebelius didn’t have much D.C. experience, but had an impressive track record of working across the aisle as a Democratic governor in a red state. And while the united GOP opposition to health legislation eventually overwhelmed any goodwill Sebelius had built up within the Republican party and the rocky rollout of Obamacare has come to dominate the discussion of her tenure as secretary, that bipartisan quality proved essential to the implementation of the law. Sebelius leaves the office having enrolled some 10 million people in health care coverage. This was only possible because she convinced numerous Republican lawmakers in bright red states to extended health care coverage to the poorest Americans. No one is talking about it, but it is her biggest and most impressive achievement as secretary.

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision invalidating Obamacare’s compulsory Medicaid expansion, most Republican-controlled states refused to extend health care coverage to residents below 133 percent of the poverty line. But Sebelius traveled the country, urging Republican governors to reconsider. As of today, eight GOP-controlled states have approved expansion — in no small part because of the flexibility Sebelius and her team provided. The flexibility extended beyond Medicaid. Sebelius and her team convinced red states to form partnership health care exchanges in which the federal government and the state would share responsibilities in running the marketplaces. They routinely presented GOP governors with information on all other state models and waivers, assuring them that they could customize reform to their specific state needs. As a result, several Republican-dominated states bucked the national party and chose to run their exchanges either on their own, or in collaboration with HHS.

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Josh Israel: Jindal Demands Congressman Resign Over Extramarital Kissing, But Defended Prostitute-Hiring Senator

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) to resign his House seat, after a videotape surfaced of the freshman Congressman kissing a married woman who is not his wife. But in 2007, Jindal defended Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) when he was revealed to be a client of a DC prostitution service. Jindal released a statement on Thursday, calling McAllister’s behavior “an embarrassment” and suggesting that “the best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress.” But seven years ago, then-Congressman Jindal made no such suggestion to the state’s U.S. Senator. After Vitter’s name appeared on the phone list for “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, he apologized for the “very serious sin in my past.” Yet Jindal’s response was to stand by Vitter

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Jonathan Cohn: Sebelius Resigns

On Thursday morning, Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress and announced that Obamacare signups had reached 7.5 million people. On Thursday evening, news broke that Sebelius was stepping down as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Implementing Obamacare was never going to be easy. The law is full of compromises that, however politically necessary, weakened regulations and depleted funding that would have made introducing the new insurance system a lot easier. And Sebelius never had the kind of control a chief executive officer would. She was always dealing with a host of other players—from superiors at the White House to underlings at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to Democrats on Capitol Hill to lobbyists for the health care industry. And that’s to say nothing of her war with the congressional Republicans, who were trying actively to sabotage the law through repeal votes, funding cuts, and intimidation of would-be allies.

More important, the law seems to be working, despite all of those early problems. That 7.5 million figure she announced on Thursday is a genuinely big deal—particularly since, from what I hear, the final number is likely to be even higher. Sebelius can’t take all or even most of the credit for those successes, any more than she should take all or most of the blame for the law’s troubles. But her role in those achievements (and others, like improvements to Head Start and stronger regulations on child care safety) is also part of her record. To take one obvious example, Sebelius worked extensively with Republican governors who wanted to expand Medicaid in states with hostile conservative constituencies. Some of those efforts succeeded. The memories of Obamacare’s difficult start will certainly linger. But to the millions of people around the country who now have access to affordable medical care, I’m not sure that really matters.

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Fem Chat: 6 Things Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler Missed About The Gender Wage Gap

Glenn Kessler presents a very one-sided discussion of the wage gap in this April 9th “Fact Checker” post in which he increased President Obama’s rating on his use of wage gap statistics from one Pinocchio (in the 2012 campaign) to two—he should have lowered it from one to zero. President Obama has correctly used a long standing data series issued every year by the Census Bureau. The 77 percent wage ratio figure is an accurate measure of the inequality in earnings between U.S. women and men who work full-time, year-round in the labor market. Here are some other things to keep in mind about that statistic: 1) Kessler claims that President Obama uses the 77 percent wage ratio figure because it shows the biggest wage gap when other data series available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show slightly smaller gaps.

Leaving aside how Kessler could get inside the President’s head and know why he picked a certain series, everyone who writes about this issue should know that this figure based on median annual earnings is the historical headline figure that allows the longest comparison across time. 2) Kessler claims that the other series—weekly or hourly earnings—are more accurate, but there is simply no basis for saying so. The 77 percent figure actually includes the broadest range of kinds of earnings; for example annual bonus payments are a big part of remuneration in some fields and are included in the 77 percent figure, but are excluded from the weekly or hourly earnings figures.

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Brian Beutler: The Right Searches For Obamacare Alternative, Finds Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act’s enrollment comeback has confounded conservatives in many ways. The realization that there happens to be popular demand for something as self-evidently grotesque as Obamacare has given rise to a palpable cognitive dissonance on the right. A growing recognition among Republicans that they can’t bank on organizing the midterm campaign around relentless Obamacare opposition has party elders looking at contingency plans (even if they haven’t exactly gone back to the drawing board). But most importantly, it has thrown the conservative health policy community for a loop, and completely wrong-footed Republicans in Congress who were hoping — against considerable odds and a well-worn historical pattern — to craft an Obamacare alternative that both passes the laugh test and doesn’t create a significantly lower level of welfare.

If enrollment had sputtered, that task would have been considerably easier. The fact it surged in March, and continues to grow today, measurably limits their options. If you accept (or acquiesce) to the need for a large coverage expansion and don’t want a single payer or substantial expansion of existing public systems, you need to make sure private insurers cover the sick, which means you need guaranteed issue and community rating — so that nobody is closed out of the system, and so that risk is spread across large populations, not assigned to individuals. But if you have those two things then you need a coverage requirement, so you’re not just spreading risk among old, sick people. And if you have that mandate, you need substantial subsidies — means tested or otherwise — so people aren’t required to purchase insurance they can’t afford. Of course, that’s just Obamacare.

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Bill Schneider: An Election Democrats Can Win

Obamacare versus Ryanomics. That’s the battle line for 2014. It’s also a battle Democrats can win. Why? Because most Americans are pragmatists. Pragmatists believe that whatever works is right. Ideologues believe that if something is wrong, it can’t possibly work — even if it does work. That’s the Republican view of Obamacare: It’s wrong, so it can’t possibly work. But it now looks like Obamacare may work. More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance by the March 31 deadline, meeting the Obama administration’s original goal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said, “The Affordable Care Act, whether my Republican friends want to admit it or not, is working.” On April 1, Ryan came out with a 10-year budget plan involving massive cuts in popular federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, education, student loans and environmental protection.

Ryan’s proposal would eventually change Medicare — the most popular of all federal programs — from an insurance policy to a “premium support” program, where seniors would be given subsidies to purchase private insurance. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney proposed doing that in 2012. Look where it got him.  Democrats will run against Ryanomics. Republicans will run against Obamacare. Remember the rule of pragmatism: Whatever works is right. If Americans come to believe Obamacare works, they will be reluctant to throw it out. Especially the millions who will already have a stake in Obamacare. On the other hand, Ryan is threatening to do away with programs like Medicare that people know are working. Why? Because he and his fellow Republicans think those programs are wrong. Attacking programs that work is pure ideological bloodlust. And a losing battle for sure.

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Ann Sanner: About 106,000 Ohioans Enroll In Expanded Medicaid

More than 106,000 Ohioans have signed up for Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer funded health program, while thousands of others are waiting to hear whether they are deemed eligible. Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration moved forward with extending Medicaid eligibility last fall under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Coverage took effect Jan. 1. The safety-net program for the poor and disabled provides coverage for one of every five Ohioans. The Medicaid expansion allows those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain health care coverage. For a single adult, that’s about $16,104 a year. Ohio’s monthly report on Medicaid caseloads shows that 106,238 residents had enrolled under the extension as of March 31.

That’s about 29 percent of the roughly 366,000 newly eligible people estimated to sign up by the end of June 2015. Residents have been enrolling in Medicaid through the state’s new benefits website. Potential enrollees can use the site instead of visiting county Job and Family Services offices, where many low-income residents apply for food stamps, cash assistance and other public programs. More than 345,000 people have sought Medicaid coverage through the state’s benefit site since Oct. 1. About 65 percent of the applications have been resolved, while roughly 120,000 are still pending. Many of those cases await eligibility determinations by the state’s largest counties.

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LOL GOP: 5 Ways Paul Ryan’s Budget Screws Seniors

Republicans often point out that Obamacare cuts Medicare Advantage and reforms the program. But they fail to mention, as Democrats often do, the benefits the president’s health law has given to current Medicare beneficiaries. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare reports: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently reported that since the passage of the ACA, over 7.9 million Medicare beneficiaries in the Medicare Part D donut hole have saved $9.9 billion on their prescription drugs, an average of $1,265 per person. Also, 37.2 million people with Medicare took advantage of at least one preventive service with no cost sharing, including an estimated 26.5 million people with traditional Medicare, and more than 4 million who took advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit. Ryan’s budget would repeal those benefits while keeping the cuts Republicans have been campaigning against for four years now.

Obamacare reforms have also lowered the growth of Medicare’s costs to zero. If this trend continues, the program would be solvent even through the peak of Baby Boomer retirements, protecting seniors from future benefit cuts. In an effort to balance the budget in 10 years while keeping tax cuts that mostly benefit the rich, Ryan would cut a slew of programs seniors have relied on. “Funding for Older Americans Act programs like Meals on Wheels, family caregiver support, job training, senior centers, and disease prevention programs, would suffer significant cuts when the need for these services is increasing,” the National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports. “Over time, these programs—which are NOT contributing to the federal budget deficit—would be cut by 22 percent below current levels.” Another $137 billion would be cut from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, aka food stamps. Currently, 9 million seniors and people with disabilities receive SNAP benefits.

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BBC: Hamid Aboutalebi: US Congress Passes Ban On Iran Envoy

The US Congress has sent a bill to the president that would bar Iran’s pick for ambassador to the UN from entering the country. The House of Representatives passed the measure unanimously two days after the Senate approved it. Hamid Aboutalebi was a part of the Muslim student group that seized the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. The White House has told Iran Mr Aboutalebi was “not viable” but has not taken a position on the bill. Fifty-two Americans were held for 444 days at the height of Iran’s Islamic revolution, which saw pro-American Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi sent into exile and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini take power.

Mr Aboutalebi, who previously served as Iran’s ambassador to Belgium, the European Union, Italy and Australia, told Iranian media his participation in the hostage crisis began only after the initial seizure of the embassy, and primarily involved translation. On Thursday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “We’ve made clear and have communicated to the Iranians that the selection they’ve put forward is not viable.” As the host country of the United Nations, the US has previously but rarely denied entry to an envoy or head of state. Those included a previous Iranian diplomat and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. In those cases the applications were withdrawn after the US signalled opposition, or the state department simply declined to process the visas. Those options are available in Mr Aboutalebi’s case.

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Paul Krugman: Health Care Nightmare

When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster. They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure is what they see, never mind the facts on the ground. Thus, on Tuesday, Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, dismissed the push for pay equity as an attempt to “change the subject from the nightmare of Obamacare”; on the same day, the nonpartisan RAND Corporation released a study estimating “a net gain of 9.3 million in the number of American adults with health insurance coverage from September 2013 to mid-March 2014.” Some nightmare. And the overall gain, including children and those who signed up during the late-March enrollment surge, must be considerably larger. First, there was the amazing come-from-behind surge in enrollments.

Then there were a series of surveys — from Gallup, the Urban Institute, and RAND — all suggesting large gains in coverage. Taken individually, any one of these indicators might be dismissed as an outlier, but taken together they paint an unmistakable picture of major progress. But wait: What about all the people who lost their policies thanks to Obamacare? The answer is that this looks more than ever like a relatively small issue hyped by right-wing propaganda. RAND finds that fewer than a million people who previously had individual insurance became uninsured — and many of those transitions, one guesses, had nothing to do with Obamacare. It’s worth noting that, so far, not one of the supposed horror stories touted in Koch-backed anti-reform advertisements has stood up to scrutiny, suggesting that real horror stories are rare. Republicans clearly have no idea how to respond to these developments. They can’t offer any real alternative to Obamacare.Their political strategy has been to talk vaguely about replacing reform while waiting for its inevitable collapse. And what if reform doesn’t collapse? They have no idea what to do.

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On This Day

President Obama listens during a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at Blair House in Washington, D.C., before a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, April, 11, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama meets with Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau on the Colonnade outside the Oval Office, April 11, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama returns to the Oval Office through the Rose Garden after surprising students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colo., during their White House tour, April 11, 2011. President Obama received a letter from the mother of an Altona student who worried that her son’s trip to Washington, D.C., would be canceled if there was a government shutdown (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Sherman and Tammie Gillums look at their pictures with First Lady Michelle Obama as Mrs. Obama continues to greets guests at the Joining Forces Community Challenge event on the South Lawn of the White House, April 11, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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President Obama holds Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun’s Easter stole in the Oval Office during a greet with Kapaun’s family in the Oval Office, April 11, 2013. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama met with members of Chaplain Kapaun’s family before awarding him the Medal of Honor posthumously during a ceremony in the East Room (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks on the phone with Nicole Hockley and families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., in the Oval Office, April 11, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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109 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 2 Allison
    April 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Thanks, NW for the Great R&S!

  2. April 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Maaaaaaaaagnificent Nerdy, what a fantastic news round-up – thank you soooo much Legend!

  3. 6 amk for obama
    April 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

  4. 7 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

  5. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

  6. 9 Vicki
    April 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Wow!!! Nerdy TY. What a roundup.
    Will have to read it later as I want to catch PBO at 11:00.

  7. 11 amk for obama
    April 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Kudos for putting up that iran envoy story. That man has been an ambassador to so many western countries. Yet the boneless dems folded completely teahadists and put the ball in Obama’s court now.

  8. 12 Dakota
    April 11, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    My young cousin just signed up for Obamacare. He will be paying the whopping amount of $12.00 a year!!! Cue up Pharrell Williams “Happy!”

    It’s a beautiful day in the Southwest!

  9. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

  10. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    • 19 anniebella
      April 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

      So Republicans have been running their mouth about Mrs. Sebelius, of course none have said anything good, but that is okay because Mrs Kathleen Sebelius will be remember in history more then any of those Republicans. Thanks to her for her work.

    • 20 amk for obama
      April 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Is there a live PC on now?

    • 21 GGail
      April 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Thanks NW!

      One can never miss a beat as long as TOD is on the J.O.B. :-)

    • 22 Nena20409
      April 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Thanks NW for the tweets. I missed the whole thing. I hope to see the video later.

  11. April 11, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Happy Friday morning TOD’ers. I hope everyone is doing well. I am having lunch today with our lovely Tally. It would be so cool to one day meet all the SoCal TOD family. I just love Google who acknowledges folks who contributed so much to our everyday lives. They are featuring Percy Lavon Julian an AA chemist born in segregated south and rose up to be a leader in chemistry inventing drugs we use today. It also shows those who feel AA’s do not contribute to American lives, wrong. Everyone have a wonderful day.

    • 24 GGail
      April 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Hey JoJo – you and Tally have a fantastic lunch! I would love to meet up with you guys for weekend lunch or any evening dinner.

      HAVE A GOOD TIME! Tell Tally I said “hey girl” :wink:

  12. 25 Linda
    April 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Breaking !!!!

    Sebelius’s Farewell Address Was Missing A Page !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    This is all TPM got from the event ? Today’s media is pathetic.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kathleen-sebelius-farewell-address-missing-page

    • 26 hopefruit2
      April 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

      They are eating crow…the media’s whole nasty attitude surrounding Sebellius’ resignation reflects their childish desire to “get back” at the administration for its resounding success in meeting and exceeding ACA enrollment goals.

    • 27 Nena20409
      April 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

      So?

      Did she mess up addressing the media and US? I would guess No.

      How would these people know that a page was missing? Did she have a mental block? Or was she a total professional and went ahead and delivered the rest of her comments?

      Too Much Time these DC/NY pundits have. Sound and Fury, signifying Nothing.

    • 28 anniebella
      April 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

      What does the stupid ass media think the missing page says,”Hay I didn’t want to resign, I’m being forced out by this dictator Obama. Help me. There was a time when the media was calling for someone to be fired over the problem with the rollout.

    • 31 Ladyhawke
      April 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

      SINO BOEHNER “YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK THE ADMINISTRATION.

      How not to argue about jobless benefits

      BY Steve Benen

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      It’s been about four days since the Senate approved a bipartisan bill to extend federal unemployment benefits, and not only are House Republicans refusing to move on the legislation, they also seem increasingly confused about the debate itself.
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      Asked what it would take for Boehner to allow House members to vote on jobless aid, the Speaker said, “You’ll have to ask the administration.”

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      http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-not-argue-about-jobless-benefits#break

    • 32 Linda
      April 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      TPM just changed the headline to this !!

      Even Sebelius’s Farewell Address Had A Glitch

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      A-holes

    • 34 Lovepolitics2008
      April 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Secretary Sebelius handled the “missing page” like a PRO. She knew what was in it and probably said the essential of it. And, as I said before, I congratulate her for a very good job. She did a tremendous job UNDER THE RADAR for the ACA and for a whole of other issues.

      However, and please don’t scream at me, how the simple task of putting a speech in a binder could be mishandled ? If I was on her team, I would have checked and double-checked that everything was ok before her public statement. Especially since the media was hungry for any sign, any controversy that would feed the narrative of “Sebelius = bad management”.

  13. April 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

    NW, Thanks for the awesome Rise and Shine and for your tweets from the President’s announcement. As always, we can count on you and Chipsticks to bring us (and keep us) up to dates.

  14. April 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

    With all the campaigning that the GOP is doing with “Repeal Obamacare” as their platform, you would think at this point that even some of them would ask “Don’t you have anything else?!?!?!?!?”

  15. 38 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

    GM TODers.

    Great R&S.

    So Stephen Colbert was approached in Dec 2012 for this job and now has signed a 5 yrs deal to do The Late Night Show? Good for him.

    I don’t get the freak-out by those on the right. Isn’t The Comedy Central owned by CBS or whatever their corporate name really is?

  16. 40 japa21
    April 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

  17. 41 japa21
    April 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I haven’t been on Twitter for several days so I am just discovering a change. How long have they had this little thing showing up that says somebody retweeted you or favorited your tweet, or whatever. I find it very annoying.

    • 42 Nerdy Wonka
      April 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Dude, that’s been there since the beginning of this year at least. It’s old. The new thing is the change to the “Me” page. That’s the truly horrible new design. Just wait and see. You’ll be liking the “someone just favorited your tweet” and vehemently cursing this new change.

      • 43 japa21
        April 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

        Hadn’t been showing up for me until today. Twitter is really weird. I’ll check out the “Me” page and probably scream.

        • 44 Nerdy Wonka
          April 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

          Gird your loins. If it’s changed from what it was before to the new one, you will scream and scream. If you want a look at it, check out @FLOTUS twitter page. Twitter is trying to look like Facebook and it’s driving people crazy. People have been sending complaint after complaint. They’ve previously reverted to an old favorite format after huge backlash so hopefully, they’ll do the same to the “Me” page.

      • 45 japa21
        April 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        To show you how weird Twitter is, those notifications on the main page just started up for me, and my “Me” page is the same as when I started last Spring.

    • 46 amk for obama
      April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      you should see your Me page.

  18. April 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Thank you Nerdy wonka for the tweets from PBO’s announcement this am . Great R&S also. You keep us on the pulse
    of what is happening.

  19. 49 amk for obama
    April 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

  20. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    • 51 anniebella
      April 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Yes Jonathan, but the stupid media will focus on Mrs. Sebelius resigning and try to make more out of it then it is.

  21. 52 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  22. April 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    12:15 EDT First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Host a Joining Forces Caregivers Event

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  23. 54 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  24. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  25. 57 amk for obama
    April 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    • 58 anniebella
      April 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Yes we need everyone to come out to register and vote those Republicans out in November. We can not sit at home like 2010 and allow them to destroy this country.

  26. 59 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    LIVE NOW: FLOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden.

  27. April 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    “Hey girl, hope you enjoy cat food.”

    And she probably would, as long as it meant that “those people” starved.

  28. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  29. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  30. 63 anniebella
    April 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the media would focus on what Paul Ryan and his Republicans want to do to the poor and middle class with that budget of Ryan. While giving the rich more tax cuts. How much attention does that get from the media?

  31. April 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  32. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    THIS. It might seem funny in the moment or when viewing the video but it could cause unknown damage to the recipient. Plus, you might end up paying huge fines or ending up in jail. You want to protest? Ok. But don’t throw objects around.

  33. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Yay! Fantastic choice.

    • 68 anniebella
      April 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      I don’t want to hear a darn thing from the right about spending the taxpayers money. These Republicans act like they are the only one who pay taxes, I pay taxes too. And those taxes go toward alot of things I’m not crazy about. Like paying the salary of Congress people who aren’t doing a dam thing. So POTUS and FLOTUS enjoy the Broadway play on me, annie.

  34. 70 amk for obama
    April 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    • April 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      and if that general is not careful…he might just go the way of McCrystal

    • 72 anniebella
      April 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I thought the buck stops with the one sitting in that Oval Office. Not with the Generals, or some old senile Senator from Arizona who still has not gotten over the fact that he lost the 2008 presidential race to Barack Obama.

    • 73 Lynn
      April 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      The comments were the best part. Thanks for the link, Amk.

    • 74 Lovepolitics2008
      April 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Factions within the military. Nothing new here.

    • 75 Nena20409
      April 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      McCain has lost his marbles again.

      In US, The Military Brass salute the CIC, a Civilian duly elected by the USA Citizens.

      Hey Johnny McCain, 10M more votes in 2008 said: Hell No to you.

      May Calgon take him further away.

  35. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  36. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  37. 78 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    President Obama, with no fanfare and media attention, is always looking out for the least among us.

  38. 80 desertflower
    April 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Can someone please post this graphic here? http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017186382

  39. 82 desertflower
    April 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/11/5604134/three-men-charged-with-allegedly-cheating-federal-phone-subsidy-program

    The Department of Justice has indicted three men for allegedly abusing the Lifeline program, which provides low-income Americans with subsidized landline or prepaid wireless phone service. Thomas Biddix, Kevin Brian Cox, and Leonard Solt were charged on April 9th with 15 counts of wire fraud, false claims, and money laundering, as well as one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, all of which allegedly resulted in $32 million in improper reimbursements over the course of two years. While several fines have been levied since the FCC started tightening standards two years ago, this is the first time the federal government has brought a criminal case.

    Biddix, Cox, and Solt allegedly operated Associated Telecommunications Management Services (ATMS), a holding company that ran at least five subsidiary mobile operators. Between 2009 and 2011, the company received millions of dollars in subsidies through the Lifeline program, but its rapid growth drew the attention of investigators. A probe in Florida revealed that it had received around $37 million in 2010 alone but had misrepresented its enrollments to the government. Ultimately, ATMS agreed to a $4 million settlement with the Florida Public Service Commission but failed to pay it. Along with the indictment, the court authorized seizure of the men’s “ill-gotten gains,” including multiple bank accounts, a yacht, and “several luxury automobiles.”

    The IRONY is that this is RONALD REAGAN’S FREE PHONES…you know, the one’s RWNJ’S attribute to PBO! Karma always comes:)

  40. April 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/so-much-the-nations-falling-stature

    American foreign policy may look like it’s in shambles sometimes, but the world doesn’t seem to think so. According to Gallup’s US Global Leadership Project, a gigantic survey of over 130,000 people in 130 countries, approval of the United States’ leadership bounced up five percentage points in 2013. That’s a lot

  41. 84 Allison
    April 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    • April 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Sometimes…i just don’t know what to say…blk folks suffer 1000s of cuts everyday…but i have the srength of my grandmother in…telling me that i am as good as anybody and to hold my head up high and to continue to strive towards excellence!

    • 86 anniebella
      April 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Oh but race doesn’t have anything to do with the Republicans disrespect of President Obama.

      • 87 anniebella
        April 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        The guy was telling the truth. GOP would support ban on assault weapons if blacks and latinos were buying them like whites.

    • 88 Sandy1110
      April 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Of course they would. Planned Parenthood had its beginnings in controlling the minority population. Some of the GOP doesn’t care about life in general – they only want to protect WHITE life.

  42. 89 desertflower
    April 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP 3m
    Republicans. More offended by the government helping people get health insurance that the government torturing people.
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

  43. April 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    “On April 9, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution condemning the actions of Russia on the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and denouncing Russian proposals for the federalization of Ukraine.

    “The Assembly strongly condemns … Russian military aggression and the subsequent annexation of Crimea, which is in clear violation of the norms of international law, including the United Nations Charter, the OSCE Helsinki Act and the Statute and the basic principles of the Council of Europe… None of the arguments used by the Russian Federation to justify its actions hold true to facts and evidence,” states the PACE resolution adopted by the majority of votes.”

    More at the link in this tweet:

  44. April 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

  45. April 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    FreeDUMB ….

  46. 93 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    WH presser with the Hon Jay “Clark Kent” Carney on 4-11-14

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?318836-3/white-house-briefing

  47. April 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Moooooorning/afternoon/evening everyone – up next, a heads up for PBO’s 4:10 EDT speech

  48. 95 japa21
    April 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    • 96 Nena20409
      April 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Well that will be closer to the real number about 80% who were NOT “affected” directly.

      It is also how the question is framed.

      129M or so have pre-existing condition. Those getting prevention coverage, free contraception, etc. When Gallup asks the question using actual data or information of what are in the ACA law……..the answer will be different.

      It is after all Gallup. Their notoriety is duly noted knowing their track record in the Age/Era of pres Obama ;)

  49. April 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

  50. April 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    “The thing is, though, that it doesn’t really matter…because again, the Rand study still finished up before a whopping 2.2 million enrollees were added in the last 2 weeks of March!

    This was the point I stopped reading the article, because Mr. Morrissey is utterly full of garbage here.

    Now, don’t get me wrong: I’ve made honest mistakes myself, and when called out on them I’ve promptly admitted my error and posted an update, taking full responsibility for the mistake…and I’m just an amateur at this.

    You would certainly think that a professional columnist and radio host, syndicated in major news media outlets would be a little more careful.”

    Full response at the link in the tweet:

  51. 99 JER
    April 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Hello Everybody.

    • 100 Nena20409
      April 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      GW Bush dodged it best. There were 2 shoes thrown at him. I was not cool with that.

      With the former SoS Clinton, she reacted after the flying shoe had already gone past her. It was pure luck that the shoe thrower missed her. Thank goodness for that for. Didn’t Mrs. Clinton suffer some serous blood-cloth in the head some time ago? She could have been knocked down. That would have been wrong in all levels. I don’t want another foolish idiot having such an idea. The next you know, some one would try that at this president………This needs to be stopped Now. I hope the woman who did that to Mrs. Clinton goes to jail for her action.

    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      April 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    • 103 nospin
      April 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      this was flat disrespectful. I don’t care if it was done to a republican or democrat, it was wrong and that person should be fined, sent to court with the potential of serving some short term jail time for assault.

  52. April 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

  53. 105 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/willie-nelson-wendy-davis-barbecue

    Country music star Willie Nelson, a Texas native, will perform at a backyard barbecue fundraiser for Davis on April 27.

    “We’ll have some amazing Texas BBQ. We’ll be talking about the future of our great state. And at the end of the night, we’ll have a special performance by Willie,” Davis said in a fundraising email.

  54. 106 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mike-ellis-james-okeefe

    Wisconsin state Senate President Mike Ellis (R), who has held elected office in the state since 1970, on Friday dropped his bid for reelection, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ellis made the move two days after he was featured in conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe’s latest hidden-camera video project.

    The video published online Wednesday by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas showed Ellis at a bar talking about “putting together my own super PAC” with several hundred thousand dollars in the bank. Candidates cannot coordinate with super PACs in Wisconsin (or at the federal level.) In a radio interview with WTMJ-AM host Charlie Sykes on Friday, Ellis acknowledged that the video looked “terrible, absolutely,” according to the Journal Sentinel.

    ////

    The Karma will come if Dems manage to take the seat. It will not be easy.

  55. 107 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cruz-hhs-confirmation-obamacare-repeal

    Poor Pathetic amateur Rafael Cruz. Go ahead, make My Day ;)

  56. 108 JER
    April 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm


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