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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets participants after a Land Titling event at the Plaza de San Pedro, Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012. President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia is seen at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern):

11:30: President Obama meets with faith leaders to discuss ways to promote an immigration bill now pending in the U.S. House.

2:49: Observes a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing

6:30: The President and First Lady host a Passover Seder at the White House

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The Week Ahead:

Wednesday: President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy.

Thursday: The President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.

Friday: The President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion. Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

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ThinkProgress: Very Bad News For Obamacare Opponents In The Government’s Latest Report

Premiums for health care insurance in the Affordable Care Act are lower than the federal government had anticipated, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Monday when it revised its cost estimate for the health care law. The nonpartisan office now believes that the ACA will cost the government $5 billion less than projected in 2014 and $104 billion less for the 2015-2024 period. It also found “no clear evidence” that premiums will surge in 2015, noting that “enrollees in the future will be healthier, on average, than the smaller number of people who are obtaining such coverage in 2014.” The agency estimated that the national average premium for individual silver policy plans would increase by $100 that year.

The CBO attributes the additional savings to government, relative to the CBO’s last assessment from February 2014, to lower-than expected premiums, which in turn lowered the cost for exchange subsidies, and higher-than expected revenues from the excise tax on high-premium insurance plans.

More here

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Steve Benen: CBO: Affordable Care Act getting even more affordable

…. what have we learned of late?

* ACA enrollment through exchanges reached 7.1 million, ahead of early estimates.

* The ACA is quickly reducing the uninsured rate.

* Thanks in part to the ACA, health care spending has slowed dramatically and health care inflation is at its lowest point in 50 years.

* According to the Department of Commerce, the ACA is also having a positive effect on personal incomes.

* And according to the CBO, the system is even more affordable than perviously projected.

… this is a system that’s working. The right can either acknowledge reality or embrace delusions and conspiracies, but the facts are quite evident for those who care to look.

Full post here

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NYT: In New York, Hard Choices on Health Exchange Spell Success

In contrast with the early stumbles in most of the country, New York State, almost from the start, has provided a textbook lesson in how to make the Affordable Care Act work. But it has done so by making some tough decisions.

New York has signed up more than 900,000 people for commercial or government plans, lured 16 insurance companies onto its exchange, provided subsidies for most customers and reduced premiums across the board.

“I have to say that on the whole this is a very savvy bunch of people they have operating the exchange,” Mark P. Scherzer, a lawyer and consumer advocate, said. “It really is a story of something that government could actually do right.”

More here

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Simon Maloy (Salon): Chris Cillizza, call your office: Buffoonish Obamacare critic gets it all wrong, again

…. The newest offering from the CBO is bad news for Obamacare’s conservative critics. Much of their criticism can be divided into three basic arguments — Obamacare is ineffective, it costs taxpayers too much, and it will send insurance premiums skyrocketing – and the CBO report took the wind out of all three. It found that Obamacare will cover more people than earlier estimates, will cost less money than earlier estimates, and will not preside over a nationwide premium spike.

…. DOWN GOES THE NARRATIVE! Right…?

Not really….

Take Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post as an example. Click over to the Fix or comb through his Twitter feed, as of early Monday evening, and you won’t find a single word written about the CBO’s latest findings. That’s curious, given that when the CBO issued a report in early February on Obamacare’s projected impact on the labor market, Cillizza was all over it.

More here

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Brian Beutler: The Right’s New Scam: Feigning Anger on Behalf of People They Encouraged to Skip Obamacare

Beginning last summer, and continuing unabated until a few weeks ago, conservatives undertook a variety of efforts (both subtle and explicit) to discourage people, particularly young people, from enrolling in ACA-compliant health plans.

The idea was to deny state-based insurance markets critical mass, and sound risk pools, and send them into actuarial death spirals. In almost every instance, conservatives were appealing to strangers to undertake considerable personal risk in service of dubious ideological principles.

Though these efforts failed to achieve the larger goal, they almost certainly succeeded at convincing some people to skip Obamacare. And when confronted about the recklessness of their strategy, the most unscrupulous conservatives would say, No biggie! Obamacare allows people to enroll after they get sick or injured. So there’s no risk at all.

This was a lie. And if it weren’t such a dangerous lie, I’d be amused to find that conservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the Affordable Care Act creates limited open-enrollment periods each year to prohibit precisely that kind of free riding.

More here

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NDN: Total Removals, Returns of Unauthorized Immigrants Plummet Under Obama

Over the past several months, NDN/NPI has published a series of analyses which argue that through greater investment, better strategies and deeper cooperation with Mexico, the Obama Administration has made the immigration system better and the border safer while seeing a dramatic expansion of trade with Mexico.

Today we release a simple analysis which sheds new light on the hotly debated issue of deportations. Using a broader, more accurate measure of the number of unauthorized immigrants removed from the country since the first year of the Bush Presidency, we find that in fact the total number of “removals[i]” and “returns[ii]” has actually plummeted during the Obama Presidency. In 2012, the Obama Administration removed and returned almost a million people less than the height of the Bush Presidency. And every year of the Obama Presidency has seen a sizable decline in the total number of unauthorized migrants removed or returned to their countries.

More here

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ThinkProgress: The Budget Deficit In March Was The Smallest Since 2000

The federal budget deficit for the first half of this year was $413 billion, a decline of $187 billion compared to the same time last year, according to the Treasury Department.

The deficit for the month of March stood at $37 billion, down from $107 billion last year. That figure was the smallest deficit for the month of March since 2000. The deficit is expected to be a about 4.1 percent of gross domestic product this year, a drop from almost 10 percent in 2009. Those falling numbers continue a trend, as the deficit fell faster in 2013 than in any year since the end of World War II, dropping from $1.1 trillion in 2012 to $680 billion.

More here

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Didn’t think Coates would be featuring at TOD any time soon, but here you go:

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Barack Obama’s Challenge to American Morality

If you haven’t yet, it’s work checking out Barack Obama’s address before the National Action Network, last week. I think it’s one of the most significant and morally grounded speeches of his presidency. I think we will eventually regard this current effort to suppress the vote through voter-ID laws, ending early voting, restricting voting hours, etc., in the same way we regard literacy tests and poll taxes.

More here

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BBC: Ukraine crisis: Obama urges Putin to rein in separatists

US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to use his influence to make separatists in eastern Ukraine stand down.

The phone call between the two leaders came as pro-Russian activists continued to occupy buildings in eastern towns.

…. The White House said the “frank and direct” conversation between the two presidents was made at Russia’s request.

“The president expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilise the government of Ukraine,” a statement said.

“The president emphasised that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized.”

The statement also threatened Moscow with wider sanctions, saying “the costs Russia already has incurred will increase if those actions persist”.

More here

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Charles Pierce: Revisiting Homeland Security’s 2009 Domestic Terrorism Report

I think this is a particularly good day to look back to, say, April of 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano presiding, put out a nine-page report in which the DHS pointed out that veterans were being recruited by rightwing terrorist groups around the country. (This was about when people started noticing that the real crazy had come out of the jar when this particular president had been sworn in.) Oh, the fuss that this raised.

John Boehner said of Napolitano that he wanted an “explanation for why she has abandoned using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe those, such as al Qaeda, who are plotting overseas to kill innocent Americans, while her own Department is using the same term to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation.”

More here

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MilkFoundation.org: USPS Harvey Milk Forever Stamp White House Ceremony

Following the announcement that the United States Postal Service first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22, Harvey Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk released the following statement:

“A stamp dedication ceremony on May 22 at the White House comes with incredibly special significance for both place and date. President Obama and his administration have provided the nation with steadfast and trend setting leadership in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the US and abroad….

“The Milk family thanks President Obama and other allies and champions of LGBT inclusive diversity as exemplified by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, all of the LGBT leaders who have stood on uncle Harvey’s shoulders to run for and serve openly in public office, and each and every LGBT individual who go about their daily life with authenticity, refusing to hide who they are and who they love. Together, all of us, continue to move humanity forward, bending that arc of the moral universe ever closer to justice.”

More here

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Wake-up Call:

AP: Donors return to Crossroads, give $5m in March

After a stretch of anemic fundraising, the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads super PAC raised more cash in March than it did during the previous 14 months combined, according to summaries of campaign filings released Monday.

The GOP establishment’s favorite super PAC raised almost $5.2 million last month and had more than $6.3 million in the bank as of March 31, according to the report summary. That cash will be used as the outside group tries to help Republicans pick up the six seats they need to win control of the Senate. American Crossroads has been running ads supporting establishment GOP candidates in Alaska and North Carolina and is expected to support former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in his bid to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire.

More here

Do what you can —> link

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 On This Day

At the Cuban Club during a fund raiser in Ybor City on April 15, 2007 in Tampa, Florida

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President Obama speaks about Tax Day in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, April 15, 2009

President Obama presents a birthday cake April 15, 2009, to senior advisor Pete Rouse in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama jokes with senior advisors Mona Sutphen and David Axelrod during a birthday party April 15, 2009, for senior advisor Pete Rouse in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

Bo is shown the Oval Office April 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a woman working at New Roots Community Farm in San Diego, Calif., April 15, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama exits Air Force One with Rep. Suzanne M. Kosmas and Sen. Bill Nelson at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center on April 15, 2010

President Obama tours the commercial rocket processing facility of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, along with Elon Musk, SpacdeX CEO at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 2010

President Obama is given an “I’m an Obamanaut” bumper sticker at NASA operations at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., April 15, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama meets with Press Secretary Jay Carney, left, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe, center, before an interview with Ben Feller of the Associated Press, in Chicago, Ill., April 15, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama serves himself during a buffet lunch with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and U.S. and Colombian delegations at Casa de Huéspedes in Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama holds up an Alabama football jersey that was presented to him by Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron during ceremonies honoring the Crimson Tide as the BCS college national championships on the South Lawn of the White House on April 15, 2013

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President Obama speaks during a statement to the press following explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the briefing room of the White House April 15, 2013


125 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. April 15, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Good MOrning, Everyone :)

  2. 3 Allison
    April 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

    GM Chips and TOD Family! Thanks for the great R&S. Have a great day!

  3. April 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Once again, I thank all the FPers at TOD for bringing the truth to us and showing the truth about this President and Administration.

  4. 5 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats rikyrah on # 1! :) Thanks Chips for an early and FABULOUS Tuesday R & S roundup!!

  5. 7 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

    YeaYouRite is missing the point here – and this is why “progressives” often lose where they should be winning. Landrieu is not running for US President, or governor/senator of an environmentally Blue state like MA, CA or VT. She KNOWS her constituents – which is why she is leading in the polls as a Democrat in a deep red state. The Koch brothers are attacking her because they want to diminish her lead, and she is pushing back and saying that she is not going to take oil/gas jobs away (much of Louisiana’s economy). I don’t see the problem with her strategy here…

    • 8 japa21
      April 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

      There is no problem. Sure, I don’t like her policies on oil & gas development, but no politican is going to win in Louisiana unless they follow her lead. And other than that, she is supportive of most Dem policies. There are people on the left who demand the same kind of purity from Dems as those on the Right demand from Republicans. We already see how damaging that is to the GOP. Let’s not have that happen here. That is why I don’t jump on someone for criticizing PBO if I know that generally they support his policies.

      I am not pure and I am therefore in no position to demand purity from others.

      • 9 cookemom
        April 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

        Well said japa21, my sentiments exactly. We may have 6 or so senators who may have to distance themselves from PBO, in order to get their constituents to the polls and vote in their favor (i.e. Kay Hagan No. Car). They have to do what is necessary to appeal to the folks they represent who they know are apt to vote against their own self interests.

        • 10 anniebella
          April 15, 2014 at 10:16 am

          cookemom and japa21, I understand what you are saying.

          • 11 anniebella
            April 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

            It’s better to have Sen. Landrieu and Sen. Hagan in office then those right wing tea party Republicans.

            • 12 dee
              April 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

              She is my senator. I contributed to her campaign coffers. I attended a local “women for Landrieu” breakfast a few months back. It was well attended across the racial and demographics spectrum. We have to GOTV, and I understand she has to talk moderate/ conservative, but she is a key to keeping the majority. No argument here!

      • 14 hopefruit2
        April 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

        Exactly japa. And that’s why Landrieu has been able to successfully hold on to her seat and vote on key DEM issues like ACA – which are far more important and consequential than any of the “oil” issues that concern the purists on the left. And I don’t really view this as “distancing from PBO” The media loves to put it that way because they’re hyperfocused on the President and try to present every and anything as “Obama-related” especially when they can put a negative spin on it. What the media won’t acknowledge is that these same Dems vote with PBO at least 70% of the time, and certainly will vote with him for critical DEM issues that a GOPer will not vote for.

        • 15 cookemom
          April 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

          Which is precisely why I used the term “distance themselves from PBO”. The MSM uses such terms and that is what the populace hears and relates to. Some folks aren’t nuanced as much as others to discern their agenda. I use the same verbiage they use in order to make sure it’s in the same context that was put out there.

          It’s one thing to be astute and political enough to know the intent of the MSM, but quite another to accept the reality of what they’re doing. I try to use their own words to point out their mistakes. We can rail against their negativity by pointing out there duplicity, or we can push-back on by pointing out what our representatives are attempting to do and why.

          I’d rather educate using the same words the media uses, than to spend time explaining why those words have nefarious intentions. I’d rather have them eat those words than to worry about why they uttered them in the first place.

          • 16 hopefruit2
            April 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

            Good point cookemom, But I also think that both approaches are appropriate and can be employed simultaneously. There are some people who still do not seem aware of the MSM’s nefarious intentions and ascribe their behavior to “ratings grab.” I just had to correct someone on Twitter a few minutes ago on this.

  6. 17 desertflower
    April 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Another fabulous R/S! Thank you, Chips:)

  7. 18 desertflower
    April 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Can we PLEASE get rid of all these people before they wipe us ALL off the face of the Earth?!!

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/15/3426668/ted-yoho-climate-denier/

  8. 19 Ladyhawke
    April 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

    TAXES ARE THE DUES WE PAY ………..

    This idea of taxes as dues is not original to Lakoff. It is an idea that has often been expressed, but has not been promoted with the same ferocity or persistence of the taxes-as-affliction metaphor. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once remarked that “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” And Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. expressed a similar sentiment when he said that “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

    TAXES ARE GOOD

    http://www.governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=17

    A DAY IN YOUR LIFE

    http://www.governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=1

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      I’ve always thought that about taxes, LH. When we retired and ended up paying less taxes, my husband actually felt bad about it. Our accountant keeps telling us we can save on taxes if we do …. and we both say we don’t want to save on taxes. He thinks we’re very odd.

  9. 21 anniebella
    April 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I love the picture of Bo going into the oval office, it’s like someone knocking on the door saying Mr. President you have an important visitor to see you, and the President saying send him right in and Mr. Bo is running right in.

  10. April 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Well howdy doody all you O’s!!! “Sup on yet another great getting up day in the land of TOD?

    As a self-identified procrastinator and a true putter-offer, I must finally buckle down today to do the patriotic thing and file my taxes. As you may be able to surmise, by my waiting until the very last moment, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be getting anything back.

    How fitting that it is a cold and snowy day that my tax payment will be pried from each one of my ten frozen fingers.

    Alas, I take pride in knowing that someone less fortunate than I will benefit from my largesse.

  11. 24 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 9:52 am
  12. 25 amk for obama
    April 15, 2014 at 9:52 am
      • 27 Dudette
        April 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

        LOL!

        A friend of mine used to work for AT&T customer support years ago. Inmates used to call their 800-numbers all the time, because they could call for free and they just wanted to talk to a woman. Every now and then she’d have to hang up when it became clear they weren’t just talking. [Ew!]

  13. April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

    AWESOME Rise and Shine Chipsticks (as usual :-) )!!!

    The Obama Presidency has generated sooooooooooo many memorable moments that include people from ALL walks of life…all showcased here at TOD.

  14. 30 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 10:21 am
  15. 32 amk for obama
    April 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

    If the admin is releasing the #ObamaCare numbers within 2 days of closing the enrollments, the numbers must be huge.

    • 33 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Yup…and watch the media desperately try to post some manufactured negative story on that day… Gaba projected 7.8M. It may be even higher when all is said and done.

  16. 35 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 10:31 am
    • 36 EricFive
      April 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Honesty is like sunlight or crucifix to a vampire for most of these folks especially in matters of race. It is to be avoided at all costs.

  17. 37 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Mother Nature hearts PBO, that’s why… :) :)

    • 38 GGail
      April 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Oh WOW!
      That’s beautiful hf – thanks!!!

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Oh, how I miss them, HF. When husband and I worked in DC, we used to take our lunch hours in the Spring to walk under them and feel the clouds of blossoms all around us. Hugely romantic setting and the scene for many marriage proposals. My nephew proposed to his wife under the apple blossoms one Spring.

  18. 40 Linda
    April 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

    MSNBC is pushing The Enthusiasm Gap that does not exist.

  19. 44 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 10:41 am
  20. 46 cookemom
    April 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

    must do taxes……must do taxes…….must do taxes…….

    OK gotta go, there’s something I must do today.

  21. 47 Don
    April 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Quick story about the ACA

    My wife is an RN, she received a 50 yr old white male with a bad heart currently waiting for a transplant. He stated “before Obamacare he was certain he would die, now that he has healthcare ALL of his treatments and medications will be paid for through the ACA.” oh did I mention his premiums for him and his wife and their twentysomething year old son is less than $60 dollars a month with a ridiculously low deductible.

    • 48 desertflower
      April 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

      :) Here’s hoping her GETS that heart!! Glad for him and his family…this is what it’s all about.

    • 50 japa21
      April 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

      My wife is also an RN. She gets a lot of conservative patients who do nothing but gripe about Obamacare, yet they are leaving with no copay and have other benefits they didn’t have before. The office won’t allow her to push back because they sy it would be too political to do so. She has 6 more workd days before she retires. She can’t get out of there quick enough.

      • 51 hopefruit2
        April 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

        Hmmm…So the office won’t allow her to give her patients the facts about Obamacare? They want the patients to remain ignorant and misinformed? What’s so “political” about telling your patients the truth about a health law that is directly relevant to their care and costs of care? It’s not as if she’s the one initiating the subject – it’s her patients who are.

        And something tells me that the same offices who don’t want to be too “political” don’t mind having FOX NEWS blasted on their waiting room TV screens all day long…

      • 52 Don
        April 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

        Not my wife, she has no filter, it’s what I fell madly in love with. She will speak her mind come hell or high water.

      • 54 57andfemale
        April 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

        It’s not political to fill their heads with lies about ACA but you can’t tell people that their enhanced health care benefits are the result of ACA?

        Despicable.

        Everyone who says to me “How are you?” and actually expects a response is being told that I am doing GREAT because of Obamacare.

    • April 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      The Money Line>>>

      The second time around, all the big money Karl Rove could put his hands on after Citizens United opened the floodgates couldn’t defeat the will of the Obama coalition in the voting booth.
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      #TrustBarack

  22. April 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Good morning, TODers. Reminder:

  23. 59 cookemom
    April 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

    OMG! Mr.and Mrs. Potato Head, Oscar, and the Cookie Monster (my particular favorite) will be featured at this year’s White House Easter Egg Hunt!!!

    They will be the characters among other celebrities this year.

  24. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    LHM??!!!?? :shock:

    • 69 cookemom
      April 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Lawd! Let’s keep them talking. At this rate, they’re bound to broaden that tent in no time. #partyofstupid

    • April 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

      “You know I’m not even sure if that Emancipatient Declaration thingy is legal”.

    • 71 anniebella
      April 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      But I bet this same Congressman will stand up there and have not one ounce of doubt that the rancher on the west coast who is letting his cows graze on public land has all the rights in the world, but he question if civil right law is constitutional.

  25. 72 Linda
    April 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/15/3426716/oklahoma-ban-minimum-wage-paid-sick-leave/

    • 73 cookemom
      April 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Is there a viable Dem organization in Okla? This one should be easy peasy at election time. Even Okies want to feel that they have at least the possibility to climb the economic ladder through fair wages. #partyofstupid

    • 74 Don
      April 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

      You know what, if the people of Oklahoma vote for this type of shit then they deserve to get everything this fucker sends down the turnpike. If someone tells you they are going to kick you in the nuts, and you gladly open your legs, well then it’s your fault if they turn around and kick you in the nuts.

  26. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Perfect example of why the public should not have guns.

  27. 79 pickle48
    April 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Someone posted a link to the Salon piece criticizing Chris Cillizza earlier. I finally had a chance to read it. He’s another Chuck Todd!! He readily admits that telling the TRUTH is not his job. His job is to focus on PERCEPTIONS. And he pedals HIS VIEWS of the PERCEPTIONS of OTHERS as HIS TRUTH. Wouldn’t it be easier and more beneficial to the public good to simply tell the truth in the first place? But that wouldn’t be as sensational and might not result in as many media guest shots. From the Salon piece:

    “After it was pointed out to Cillizza that his piece got a number of things wrong (the CBO said Obamacare would reduce workforce participation by the equivalent of 2 million workers, not that it would cost 2 million jobs) he nonetheless stuck to his original analysis. “The CBO report means political trouble for Democrats this fall,” Cillizza wrote the following day, arguing that the guts of the matter are secondary to how people perceive the law. “My job is to assess not the rightness of each argument but to deal in the real world of campaign politics in which perception often (if not always) trumps reality. I deal in the world as voters believe it is, not as I (or anyone else) thinks it should be. And, I’m far from the only one.”

  28. 81 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Home for lunch with about 35mins to spare!

    Morning TODobots and friends! :) :)

    SPECIAL REQUEST TO: Japa, JO’B, 57F(I think), Dotster, Cookem, AND all other TOD Chicagoans!

    Please, o’please, o’please ignore all your moms’ teachings about sharing when it comes to snowy weather. Every time you gals and guys share your appreciation for the lovely snowy offerings you get, the weather god feels you are trying to spread it around! Can you believe after several lovely days with the grass starting to smile at me (and the neighbours raking and preening), the ground …and the surround roofs… were all COVERED in snow this morning!!!! :shock: Thanks, but I. was. not. amused. you guys.

    • 82 cookemom
      April 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

      My tulips are po’d mightily. They turned their bulbs up at me this morning….as if I had anything to do with this strange weather. I cautioned them that if it weren’t for me, they’d still be hanging around in one of those netted bags at the garden center. That quieted them down, but I did feel their pain. I just couldn’t let them get away with the sass.

      • 83 vcprezofan2
        April 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

        I glimpsed a handful of mine poking their heads out when I was entering the front door Saturday, but I can’t say how they are feeling today (because they are covered under snow). Luckily, mine are used to fending for themselves (no sense sassing) because I never pay much attention to them before end of May anyways. ;)

    • 84 57andfemale
      April 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I’ve had enough of it. Is that okay to say or should I just shut the hell up entirely?

      I got to experience all the black ice this a.m. on my way to my crack-of-dawn dermatologist appt. Mr. 57 told me they called and ‘confirmed’ the appt. yesterday.

      Except they called to CANCEL the appt. Not very happy with Mr. 57 this morning. I’m even less happy with him than I am with the effing SNOW.

    • 92 japa21
      April 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      I will totally ignore the snow from now on. Well, not ignore it, but I won’t bring the fact that I am totally PO’d at Mother Nature and she isn’t getting a Mother’s Day gift from me this year, not even a card, to here. I will be all smiles and happy thoughts (until I look out the window)

  29. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 11:40 am
  30. 94 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha……

  31. April 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Ukraine fights back …

  32. 105 GGail
    April 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family.

    Awesome R&S! I wish I had time to comment on so many items and comments.

    Keep up the good work – all y’all :-)

  33. 106 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 11:48 am
  34. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 11:52 am
  35. 108 JER
    April 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

    LIVE – 12:00 PM – Vice President Biden Speaks at the Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary Service – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml and
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live (Audio Only)

  36. 109 amk for obama
    April 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

    you should read this twit’s reasoning.

    • 110 anniebella
      April 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      So they can fine husbands, not every woman is going to fine a husband, nor is every woman looking to fine one. What would those women do if their husbands walk out on them, start looking for another husband. It is best that women is able to look after themselves, and when they have a job and they are doing the same work that a man do, they deserve to get paid the same amount.

  37. 113 amk for obama
    April 15, 2014 at 11:53 am
    • 114 anniebella
      April 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      And the drunk ass John Boehner is giving them the matches because all he care about is being Speaker, even if it’s in name only.

  38. 115 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    That Obamanaut bumper sticker appeals to me – never saw that one before! Hopefruit when next you speak with the Pres, can you ask nicely for one of those for your northern friend? If you need a ‘sob story’, tell him it’s to help add warmth to her cold bones.

  39. 118 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Obama weak….

  40. April 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Tzar Vlad is sure boosting the Russian economy ….

    … NOT …

    #TrustBarack

  41. 120 EricFive
    April 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    As our media continues to sink to new depths in spewing pro GOP propaganda, we must ask ourselves why. If the GOP is so poised for victory why does. the msm seem so desperate and frantic in its need to convince anyone foolish enough to listen about how unpopular PBO and dems are? It is taboo to air any positive news for democrats. If the gop is really as strong as the msm claimss this would not be necessary and neither would the voter suppression or the recent corrupt Supreme Ct decisions allowing money to flood our elections. We are winning. They are running scared. Don’t let the propaganda connvince you otherwise.

    • 121 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      I was thinking the very same thing this morning.

      >>>>>> It is taboo to air any positive news for democrats? <<<<<<

  42. 122 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    “On a day where Major League Baseball celebrates Robinson, who broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947 in one of the most momentous achievements of the Civil Rights movement, we have these letters to remind us of the racial hatred that still exists in this society”.

  43. 123 amk for obama
    April 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Gunnite. (or is it ?)

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  44. 125 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    “A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover”.


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