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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks at an Earth Day reception in the Rose Garden of the White House, April 22, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern):

10:05 AM EDT: President Obama departs White House

3:30 EDT: Arrives Paine Field, Washington State

6:50 EDT: Delivers remarks, Oso Firehouse, Oso, Washington

8:0 PDT: Departs Washington for Tokyo, Japan

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Spandan Chakrabarti: The Real Story Of #8Million

Actually, it’s a story of nearly 20 million, if you count everyone who has health insurance directly thanks to the Affordable Care Act. And it could be the story of nearly 6 million more, who are being denied health insurance by Republicans refusing to fully federally funded Medicaid in states they control. It’s a story of tens of millions more, and millions of seniors who now have better coverage and no yearly limits on coverage. But last week’s big number was 8 million. The President announced that 8 million American have enrolled in private health insurance coverage through the exchanges, and in addition, 3 million more are covered under the Medicaid expansion, 3 million young adults can stay on their parents’ plans, and 5 million who bought ACA compliant plans outside the exchanges. I got an email with links to people telling their stories about finally being able to afford health insurance.

The story of these millions, though, is more encompassing than those who gained coverage. The story of the single dad who can no longer be denied health care because of a pre-existing condition, the story of a small business owner who can no longer be charged more just because she’s a woman, the story of a cancer survivor who no longer has to fret that in the third month of the year, she will have reached her annual limit from her insurer – all these stories are possible because of a story that is told far too rarely in the American discourse. That story begins with a young, charismatic newly elected president of the United States for whom health care reform wasn’t just a campaign promise but a deeply rooted cause from which he wouldn’t waver even when his political advisers wanted him to retreat. It begins with the overwhelming election of a president who, in his own words, was willing to become a one-term president to make sure that never again does a mother have to think twice about taking her sick child to the doctor. It’s a story of courage, of overcoming an unprecedented campaign of obstruction, of decoupling progress from ideological checklists.

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine

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Boston Globe: Russia Must ‘Stop Talking And Start Acting,’ Biden Says

US Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that ‘‘it’s time to stop talking and start acting’’ to reduce tension in Ukraine. Standing alongside acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden called on Moscow to encourage pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate government buildings and checkpoints, accept amnesty and ‘‘address their grievances politically.’’ Biden said Russia needs to act ‘‘without delay,’’ adding, ‘‘We will not allow this to become an open-ended process.’’ The vice president also announced the United States will provide an additional $50 million to help Ukraine’s beleaguered government with political and economic reforms.

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Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by Oleksandr Turchynov, the acting Ukrainian president

The money includes $11 million to help conduct the May 25 presidential election, including voter education, administration and oversight. It also will help fund expert teams from US government agencies to help Ukraine to reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. Other technical advisers will help fight corruption. The White House also announced $8 million in nonlethal military assistance for the Ukrainian armed forces, including bomb-disposal equipment, communications gear and vehicles. In the most high-level visit of a US official since crisis erupted in Ukraine, Biden met privately with Yatsenyuk and acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov.

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Vice President Joe Biden addresses members of the Ukrainian parliament during a meeting

Biden said they have an historic chance now that former President Viktor Yanukovych has fled the country. ‘‘This is a second opportunity to make good on the original promise made by the Orange Revolution,’’ Biden said in a reference to 2004 protests that overturned a widely criticized election that had given Yanukovych the presidency. Yanukovych later took office but left the country after violent protests in February. Biden added, ‘‘To be very blunt about it, and this is a delicate thing to say to a group of leaders in their house of parliament, but you have to fight the cancer of corruption that is endemic in your system right now.’’ He mentioned reforming the courts and finding the right balance of power between the president and Rada.

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CBS: DHS May Limit Deportations Of Illegal Immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is considering limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally but without serious criminal records, according to the Associated Press. On President Obama’s orders, Johnson is conducting a politically charged review of U.S. deportation policy. The potential change could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because of repeated immigration violations, such as re-entering the country after being deported. The possible move was confirmed by two people with knowledge of Johnson’s review: John Sandweg, formerly acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and an immigration advocate who has discussed the review with administration officials but spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential.

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Department Of Justice: Department Of Justice Announces University Tour By Administration Officials To Raise Awareness Of Campus Sexual Assault

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Department of Justice today announced a nationwide university tour by top administration officials to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. From April 23-May 1, senior officials from the Departments of Justice and Education will visit campuses across the country, including public and private universities, community colleges, historically black colleges and faith-based and tribal-affiliated institutions around the nation. Officials will speak with campus administrators, local law enforcement, community partners, local service providers and students about how best practices and lessons learned are playing out in areas such as prevention, public awareness and peer support. Visits will also highlight the role that federal, state and local government, working with university administrators, faculty and students, should play.

Each campus on the tour is a recipient of the department’s Office on Violence Against Women’s “Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program.” The Campus Program funds institutions of higher education to adopt comprehensive responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, creating partnerships among campus entities and with community-based victim services organizations and criminal and civil justice agencies. Campus Program grantees must provide prevention programs for all incoming students; train campus law enforcement or security staff; educate campus judicial or disciplinary boards on the unique dynamics of these crimes; and create a coordinated community response to enhance victim assistance and safety while holding offenders accountable.

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NYT: Obama Names White House Counsel

President Obama announced Monday that he was naming W. Neil Eggleston, a veteran lawyer with extensive experience representing government officials in congressional and criminal investigations, as his next White House counsel. In choosing a veteran of Washington’s recurring oversight wars, the White House may be signaling that it expects the final two years of Mr. Obama’s presidency to be defined by politically charged hearings, demands for information by Republicans in Congress and legal battles over the scope and limits of executive authority.

Mr. Eggleston, 60, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, one of the nation’s biggest corporate law firms, will succeed Kathryn Ruemmler, who is stepping down after nearly three years. Mr. Eggleston will start the second week of May. “Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials and experience to our team,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

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Your LOL tweet of the morning. This is how the GOP “rebrands”

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Washington Post: Iran Vice President Says Row Over Nuclear Reactor Resolved

Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country’s vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The comments by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi come as the talks face an informal July 20 deadline to hammer out a final deal to limit Iran’s ability to build nuclear arms in exchange for ending the crippling economic sanctions it faces.

Iranian state television quoted Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as saying that Iran has proposed to redesign Arak to produce one-fifth of the plutonium initially planned for it. He said that will eliminate concerns the West has that Iran could use the plutonium produced at Arak to build a nuclear weapon. There was no immediate comment from world powers, which include China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Russia. However, what to do with Arak, a still under-construction 40-megawatt heavy water plant in central Iran, is a key factor in negotiations.

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Lauren Rankin: Blackburn Hasn’t Been Right About The GOP And Women Since The 1970s

After appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) made headlines and spurred double-takes with her claim that it is the Republican party — not the Democratic party — that is fighting for women’s rights. If we’re going back through history as Blackburn implores us to do, she’s right. Historically, the Republican party was the stronghold for women’s activists in the early 20th century. But as the two parties essentially switched ideological places from 1970-1973, feminists lost favor with the Republican party. It’s been downhill ever since. So what happened? Well, simply put, the New Right happened. Though initially the New Right was split on women’s issues (some even favored abortion rights and the ERA), they quickly realized the political power of social conservatives who had abandoned the Democratic party as it moved towards racial and gender justice. In order to appeal to disenchanted conservative Democrats, the Republican party trapped itself in a self-imposed ideological jail of religious fundamentalism and extreme conservatism, one from which today’s GOP cannot seem to escape.

Today’s Republican party is basically the embarrassing fanatic uncle of the Republican party of the early 20th century. They have become overtaken by a rabid, radical fringe, one that opposes every single aspect of women’s equality, from abortion and contraception access to equal pay, from access to affordable healthcare to a living wage. What Rep. Marsha Blackburn and other Republicans are banking on by peddling the Republican past as indicative of their present is that no one bothers to pay any attention to the absolutely atrocious record of the Republican party on women’s issues in recent memory, particularly in the last decade. Rather than attempting to beat back the Democratic claims of a “War on Women” by citing history, the Republican party would do well to actually enact some of the current policies they deceptively claim to champion. There isn’t a single women’s rights issue that serves as a bragging right for today’s GOP.

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Greg Sargent: No, Dems Are Not Uniformly Running Away From Obamacare

Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable Senate Democratic incumbents, and her difficult reelection challenges — like those of other endangered Dems – are said to be all about Obamacare. So it’s curious that Senator Landrieu is aggressively campaigning for a major piece of the law that’s dragging her down: the Medicaid expansion currently being debated in her state. Dems there hope to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to get around Governor Bobby Jindal’s opposition that would ask Louisiana voters if they want billions in Medicaid expansion money to cover hundreds of thousands. Getting it on the ballot is a long shot — it would require two thirds of both houses of the legislature — but the fact is that Landrieu held a conference call last week with local media to push the idea. She has met with state editorial boards to advocate for the expansion, winning a positive editorial in the Times-Picayune. She’s going out with an email to her campaign list urging the constitutional amendment and slamming the “Jindal gap,” i.e., the Medicaid gap. She’ll hit opponent Bill Cassidy over the issue.

Landrieu greeted the recent news of high signups by saying that the ACA “holds great promise and is getting stronger every day.” All of this is not to say that Dems are running aggressively on Obamacare. They aren’t. But the widespread claim that they are uniformly running away from it is too simplistic. It’s more complicated than that. In North Carolina, Kay Hagan is airing a radio ad that hits likely GOP foe Thom Tillis over his equivocations on repeal, and she will hit his opposition to the state exchange and Medicaid expansion to build the case that he is anti-middle class. In Alaska, Dems have run an ad for Mark Begich that features a woman discussing how she benefitted from the law in unusually personal terms. Dem Super PACs have run ads in North Carolina and Michigan dramatizing how the GOP repeal stance would take the law’s benefits away.

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Steve Benen: Stuck In The First Stage Of Grief

At a press conference last week, President Obama announced a figure that was hard to even imagine a month ago: 8 million consumers signed up for private insurance through exchange marketplaces during the Affordable Care Act’s open-enrollment period. Obama also took a moment to chide Republicans for having been wrong about practically every aspect of the debate. “I recognize that their party is going through the stages of grief,” he said, “and we’re not at acceptance yet. ”That sounds about right, though I’m not sure the GOP is “going through the stages of grief” so much as it’s stuck on the first one. If the process is believed to have five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – we have quite a ways to go before “acceptance” is even on the horizon.

Denial still dominates. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said Monday he believes the uninsured rate in his state has increased since implementation of the 2010 health care reform law. There are a wide variety of counts when it comes to determining just how many uninsured Americans have been able to get coverage, but all of the reports have something important in common: they all show the rate of the uninsured going down, not up. But to argue that the number of uninsured people is climbing is comparable to arguing that the federal budget deficit is getting larger; the planet is experiencing global cooling; and Obama has pushed use of executive orders to new heights. Oh wait, conservative Republicans often believe all of those bogus claims, too.

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Sahil Kapur: Supreme Court To Hear Case Challenging Ban On Campaign Lies

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in an important case about the validity of an Ohio state law banning false statements about political candidates in campaigns. The challenge was brought by the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, which wants to invalidate the Ohio law. In 2010, it sought to put up a billboard claiming Rep. Steve Driehaus (D) supported taxpayer funding of abortion. The advertising company, under pressure from Driehaus who appealed to the Ohio Elections Commission to block the billboard under the statute, refused to put it up. (Driehaus lost reelection anyway.)

A lower court found that the SBA List lacked standing to sue. The 6th Circuit and 8th Circuit courts of appeals have issued split rulings on whether state laws banning false statements are permissible under the First Amendment. There’s a real chance the Supreme Court won’t weigh in on the merits of this case. If the justices conclude that the SBA List has standing, they’re expected to send it back to the lower courts to consider the merits first.

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WTSP: FL Same-Sex Lawsuit Couple Attends W.H. Easter Egg Roll

A Florida couple suing the for marriage equality joined the first family Monday for the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The Aleniers were one of six couples that joined Equality Florida Institute to file the lawsuit in pursuit of marriage protections for their family. They, along with their son Ethan, were among the 30,000 people crowded on the South Lawn

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Reuters: U.S. Secretary Of State Urges Russia To Help Implement Ukraine Agreement

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia on Monday to meet Ukraine halfway in trying to implement an agreement to defuse the crisis in the former Soviet republic. Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by telephone on Monday morning, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States on Thursday agreed on ways to ease tensions in the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

“The secretary urged Russia to take concrete steps to help implement the Geneva agreement, including publicly calling on separatists to vacate illegal buildings and checkpoints, accept amnesty and address their grievances politically,” Psaki said at a news briefing. With pro-Moscow separatists showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine, Washington pegged a threat of new sanctions on Russia to how hard Moscow tries to make the Geneva agreement work. “If progress is not made in coming days, we will impose further costs,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

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Reuters: Conservative Koch-Backed Group Uses Soft Touch In Recruiting U.S. Hispanics

The conservative advocacy groups backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are known mostly for spending millions of dollars to pelt Democratic candidates with negative television ads. But this year, one Koch-backed group is using a softer touch to try to win over part of the nation’s booming Hispanic population, which has overwhelmingly backed Democrats in recent elections. The group, known as The Libre Initiative, is sponsoring English classes, driver’s license workshops and other social programs to try to build relationships with Hispanic voters in cities from Arizona to Florida – even as the group targets Democratic lawmakers with hard-edged TV ads. “If they trust us, they may seek our opinion on something else,” said Michael Barrera, a former Bush administration official who now works for Libre, which says it has built a mailing list of 90,000 people during the past three years.

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Libre’s task is complicated by Republican lawmakers’ reluctance to act on a proposed overhaul of the United States’ immigration laws and the harsh rhetoric used by some Republicans that many Americans have seen as anti-Hispanic or anti-immigrant, pollsters say. And even as Libre launches an ad campaign that paints President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act as an expensive failure, Obamacare remains more popular among Hispanics than it is in the overall population. At a recent Hispanic business fair in Orlando, Libre set up panel discussions on family-owned businesses and the shortcomings of Obamacare. Neither event drew much of an audience, but by the end of the day Libre had added 150 names to its mailing list. Several of those who signed up said they were drawn in by the chance to win a tablet computer that was raffled off by Libre, rather than any enthusiasm for conservative ideas. None said they were aware of Libre’s conservative agenda. Libre’s only public filing shows that it took in $2.15 million in revenue during the 12 months that ended June 30, 2012. The report does not say where the money came from, but separate filings show two Koch-backed groups, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce Inc. and TC4 Trust, gave at least $3.8 million to Libre during an 18-month period that includes the time covered by Libre’s report.

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Brian Beutler: Obamacare’s Success Is Destroying The GOP’s Midterm Strategy

If you’re a decent person, or someone who hasn’t contracted a political bug, the most satisfying thing about the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment total is the knowledge that it’s improved many people’s lives, and contributed to a sizable reduction in the uninsured population. But if you have a lot invested in the law’s success, you’re also relieved to have an answer to everyone trying to create the impression that Obamacare is a slow-rolling fiasco. Republicans won’t stop saying these things, but there’s an amusing tension between calling something a “slow-rolling fiasco” in one breath and then positing that perhaps 10 percent of the millions of new beneficiaries won’t pay their premiums in the next. Or pointing out that the respectable under-35 enrollment rate also includes children. Why nitpick a fiasco?

Taken together, eight million enrollees, lower-than-expected premium increases, and smaller fiscal costs together leave a great void in the political landscape that pathetic enrollment, large premium spikes, and runaway spending were supposed to occupy. In a recent article, conservative political analyst Sean Trende examined how an election that looks so ripe for Republicans could go sour. “The way this could occur is fairly straightforward: The Affordable Care Act improves; there’s no massive rate shock for premiums in September or October; and the economy slowly gains ground. This should propel President Obama’s job approval upward, lifting the collective Democratic boat.” As Danny Vinik has noted, none of this is remotely implausible. And if something along these lines begins taking shape, Republicans would have to revisit the idea that they can just block Democratic legislation, scream “Obummercare!” and let a friendly electoral map do all the work.

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On This Day

Senator Obama holds 10-month-old Claire Von Bergen of Iowa City while shaking hands with supporters after speaking on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa April 22, 2007

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Senator Obama gets a hug from his wife Michelle Obama after he spoke at the Roberts Stadium, April 22, 2008 in Evansville Indiana

Sen. Barack Obama shakes hands outside of the P&G Pamela’s Diner in the Strip District section of Pittsburgh on the morning of the Pennsylvania Primary election, April 22, 2008

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President Obama and White House staff members prepare to leave Des Moines Airport April 22, 2009, following a visit to Newton, Iowa (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets actress Sigourney Weaver after he spoke at an Earth Day reception in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2010

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, April 22, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama boards Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport, April 22, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, in the Oval Office, April 22, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama looks at a piece of a wood-alternative fuel made from biomass waste while touring projects presented at the White House Science Fair in the East Garden of the White House, April 22, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Trying out a bike that powers a water-filtration system built by young student inventors, April 22, 2013

President Obama greets New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz during the White House Science Fair, April 22, 2013

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117 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. April 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Good morning. Thanks for lovely pictorial newsy R&S

  2. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    • 6 anniebella
      April 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Congratulation to Joining Forces turning three. The First Lady and Dr. Biden have made us all proud in their effort to help military men and women and their families.

  3. April 22, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Thank yoooooooou Nerdy, another faaaaaantastic morning newspaper – I’m way behind with all the news today, so this will do the catching-up trick beautifully!

  4. 9 MightyPamela
    April 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Five? As in High Five!! We are all ready for PBO. The rain is fine!

  5. 10 Judith Fardig
    April 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Happy Spring morning peeps!

  6. 11 isonprize
    April 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Has our fine President left for Asia yet?

    • 12 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      April 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

      AM PRAYING FOR PBO’S TRIP AND THANKS TO YOU CHIPS…WILL BE WATCHING IT…RIGHT HERE. I LOVE THE EAR PROFILE WITH PBO AND THE BUNNY….TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE! HAVE A BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL DAY!

  7. 13 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and thanks NW for this wonderful R & S round-up. Looking forward to seeing your coverage of our President’s Asian trip!! :)

  8. April 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

    First!! No wait…that was a month ago. Oh well. Good Morning Everyone.

  9. 15 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

  10. 17 mtmarilyn
    April 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

    A beautiful Tuesday morning to all. Such a lovely way to start the day. NW is our bt extraordinaire. We are truly blessed here at TOD with the best journalists. You all know how to find the truth. That court case that is in front of the Supreme Court wanting to be able to lie is very scary. What have we become when lies are okay. With this court I am afraid of what they will do.

  11. April 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Here’s my response to yet another Hillary Coronation piece this time written by Booman http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/4/21/16152/0008#31

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    * [new] Your Pemise is wrong (none / 0)

    Your premise for Hillary outperforming President Obama is unsubstantiated. Kerry/Gore maps are not the same as President Obama’s, who EXPANDED to Western states and mid-Atlantic states that Democrats had never seriously contested.

    These include, Virginia (2008 & 2012) that no democrat had won since 1964, North Carolina in 2008, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa. These Obama-states are not AUTOMATIC Democratic wins. If Hillary is the nominee, she’s gonna have to work her tail off to secure their votes. The Obama-coalition is NOT a Democratic party coalition. Remember that! Those voters have to be courted, and not assumed to be inheritable.

    Plus I am not comfortable with this coronation rush for Hillary. Puts all our eggs in one basket. The important thing that awakened us in 2008 from Kerry/Gore size lethargy and constricted map, was the invigorating nature of the Democratic primaries. Why do we give u the one thing that works for us in favor of a McCain style coronation? Why?

    And who says a Hillary presidency with or without a big Dem congress will even protect Obama-era policy gains, let alone enact a “progressive agenda”? We don’t know that! All you and Hillary bandwagoneers are doing is fantasy yarn-spinning

    What the cynics fail to realize is that the ground has shifted underneath them–Pres. Obama 1/20/2009
    by zizi on Tue Apr 22nd, 2014 at 10:16:53 AM EST

    • 20 Betsy
      April 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

      I agree. Booman is often very critical of President Obama, which is disheartening, now I understand why. Thanks for your most excellent response.

    • 21 mtmarilyn
      April 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Zizi2. I so agree with you. I get so mad at this expectation that Hillary will win. I have no desire to work for her. I want someone who will work for all of us. This needs to be in a post by itself.

      • 22 anniebella
        April 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

        mtmarilyn, I guess Hillary supporters didn’t learn anything from 2008, did they.

        • April 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

          She gets the nomination she gets my vote and I’ll do what I can to make sure she wins the White House. That goes for any Democrat.
          Booman used Hillary as a premise to start with his theory. He didn’t guarantee she’d win. Anything can happen between now and then. For me the most immediate now is November 2014.

    • April 22, 2014 at 10:36 am

      THANK YOU. I dread this steamroller approach with all my heart. It’s not only short-sighted and sentimental but a patently stupid move that undermines the very essence of democracy.

      • 27 Vicki
        April 22, 2014 at 10:42 am

        Zizi Betsy Mtmarilyn Meta ME Too to all of your comments.
        I refuse to believe that Billry back in the WH is our only choice.
        Julian Castro is the re-elected mayor of San Antonio.. a longshot but not an impossibility, right?

        • 28 mtmarilyn
          April 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

          I really like him but I do think he is a long shot. Now I am just thinking of November of this year.

    • April 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

      thank you zizi.

      so tired of the Hillary Coronations, and that the reason we should vote for her is because of all the supposed White people who will vote for her.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Thank you zizi for calmly presenting the facts. It is no surprise that the GOP is also fantasizing about Hillary’s coronation – and that alone is enough to give me pause. As an aside, just the idea of Bubba being back in the WH leaves me with a very unsettling feeling.

    • 32 Don
      April 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

      For argument sake, lets assume Hillary will out perform President Obama. To do that she must put two women on the Supreme Court, end DADT, end DOMA, come up with a national health care plan, overhaul the justice system when it comes to sentencing, disarm both Iran and Syria, Gaddafi, blah blah blah.

      • 33 EricFive
        April 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

        So now Hillary is the new Great White Hope. These people make me sick. I don’t think she is electable. Bill hass no self control and bimbo eruptions will derail her quest. If she thinks she can win without strong AA support she is delusional. Her supporters would be wise to avoid attempting to raise her stature by denigrating PBO, but their racial insecurity will force them to do so anyway.

    • 34 Nena20409
      April 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Unbeatable political analysis with Facts…..WTG Zizi2 :)

  12. April 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Saw this just now. A Democratic candidate for Governor of PA PROUDLY running on Obamacare. It even mentions and shows video of the candidate WITH President Obama. Mediaite calls it the most pro-obamacare campaign d of 2014: http://www.mediaite.com/online/behold-the-most-pro-obamacare-campaign-ad-of-2014/

  13. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Wow.

    If this Supreme Court ruled by conservatives doesn’t scare you, you are not paying attention.

    Waiting for a full explanation of why Breyer concurred with the majority. Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissented and Kagan recused herself.

    If you are legacy connected the come on down. If you have wealthy parents who can make donations and buy your way in, then come on down. But if you are a minority, we all of a sudden have a problem with that.

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    The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

    The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deemed them unwise.

    Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor in dissent.

    {snip}

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/high-court-upholds-mich-affirmative-action-ban

  14. 43 yardarm756
    April 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Good morning everyone. I think it’s gonna be a good day, somewhere. ;-)

  15. April 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

  16. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

    The SCOTUS controlled by conservatives is steadily eroding rights from anyone without a gazillion zeros behind his/her name.

    Minorities, women, workers – They’re taking away peoples abilities to get fair pay, to attain higher education, to sue against sexual and racial harassment, to protect the environment, to fight against Super PACs and the buying of elections.

    This is is insane and tarnishes the Constitution and democracy they so claim to love to uphold.

  17. 52 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

  18. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

  19. April 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    • 57 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

      It’s almost as if they FEAR a Dem challenger would beat Hillary because they KNOW deep down that she has some serious vulnerabilities…

  20. 58 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

  21. April 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

  22. 61 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I have way too much respect for this blog to post what I really want to tell Ms. KatrinaNation.

  23. April 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

  24. 67 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

  25. 70 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

    • 71 0388jojothecat
      April 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Maybe colleges should be sued for these practices for enrolling legacy’s and those students whose parents give money to universities.

  26. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

  27. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 11:03 am

    • 75 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

      But I’ve been told that there’s no difference between the two parties; that the US government is now an oligarchy and voting doesn’t matter…

  28. 76 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    • 77 Linda
      April 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

      May she and her husband would be happier over there.

      • 78 hopefruit2
        April 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

        Yup and they could become BFF’s with Snowden…have each other over for Sunday dinner, and their children and pets have play dates.

      • 79 57andfemale
        April 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        But they’d have to give up their home in the Hamptons.

        ‘For the people’, my ass.

    • 80 anniebella
      April 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Sounds like Katrina vanden Heuvel think she could have handle things better, but sorry Katrina I don’t know of two many people who gives a dam what you think. Run in 2016 and we will see if anyone care what you think.

  29. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

  30. 82 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    So did CNN breathlessly report on the dark-skinned male and female who won the Boston Marathon yesterday?

  31. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

  32. 84 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Good morning, TOD! NW, as always, OUTSTANDING post; I look forward to reading the links later today. I’m headed out to do a little work in my garden before the wind whips up or the pollen count get high. Look forward to viewing the documentary at tweet link:

    Read you later. Have a Blessed and jazzy day!

  33. 85 Don
    April 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Hey working class whites, I think you had better get in the game. Because unless you’ve got a trust fund somewhere, all of these recent Supreme Court decisions affect you just like they affect working class blacks. Voter suppression, unlimited campaign contributions, , I hope you don’t think you don’t have any skin in the game. Just sayin’

    • 86 EricFive
      April 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Sadly many of these folks cheer the roll back of minority rights because it increases the value of white skin, which is their most prized possession

      • April 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

        Just like there ancestors. No chance of upward mobility, poverty to the extreme, practically starving to death but secure in their malnutrition because they were better than “those people”.

    • April 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Don you are knocking it out of the park.

    • 89 Dakota
      April 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Kinda reminds me of when Prop 13 passed in California. Somehow white folks thought it was only going to effect minorities. Big surprise.

  34. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    • 91 Don
      April 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Not just rich white men, but all white men. LBJ I think said something along the lines of “You can take a white man at the lowest station in life and convince him he is better off than a black man that is at the highest station in life simply because he is a white man.” Mitt Romney got over fifty million votes, you think that every white man that voted for Mitt was a millionaire, hell no, Romney probably received votes from whites that lived in trailer parks and received food stamps. That ‘s the only way to explain the Republicans retaking the house in 2010. Obama tried his best to take the boot off of your neck, and you still go out and vote against your own best interest.

      • 92 57andfemale
        April 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Don, LBJ’s line is the perfect description of my brother-in-law, who has contributed nothing to no one, ever. Yet, he is ‘superior’ to PBO. Disgusting.

      • 93 Vicki
        April 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

        I agree with you, Don. It is a mistake for anyone to underestimate how powerfu and widespreadl racial hate is in the USA

      • April 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        That was the weird part to me. Not surprising just weird. Romney would have destroyed these people. The man at times couldn’t hide his contempt for them. 47 percent? Do the math and it’s obvious who he was including in that number. But there they were cheering for him because he wasn’t the black guy. Weird.

  35. 96 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

  36. 97 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

  37. 104 Don
    April 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    If I were a black conservative, I wouldn’t even show my face today on teevee, you know who you are.

  38. 105 Don
    April 22, 2014 at 11:53 am

    What the fuck MSNBC! This lady just damn near did a poppa Bush campaign ad asking for donations.

  39. April 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Another magnificent R&S!!! Thank you, NW!!!!

  40. 108 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Bundy is an effing FRAUD.

    Local TV Station Sheds Doubt On Bundy’s Claims About His Family Ranch

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cliven-bundy-ancestral-rights

    • 109 Don
      April 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      And when I go back to work on Thursday and walk into the front lobby, one of my friends who happens to be white will tell me how proud of Bundy he is because he stood up to the big bad government. And never mind the fact that my friend and I both work for the federal government and are paid well with benefits up the wazoo. See I don’t mind you talking about the government, but what I do mind is that if you’re so unhappy with the federal government well then stop taking the paycheck and stop being a fucking hypocrite. Go live off the land you rugged individual you.

      • 110 anniebella
        April 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        Right on Don.

      • 111 0388jojothecat
        April 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        I hear you Don. I worked with a white and we are both state workers. He would complain about how lazy state workers are and he was demoted and fired for not doing enough work. He is still lazy not wanting to work yet everyone but him is lazy. When the UI issue was extended he claimed he had friends who would rather live on UI than work. I told him you can’t live on UI if you have a mortgage, car pmt, & bills. He was anti ACA too. Now that he had no job but got his pension he signed for Obamacare. I told him would not get ins because of preexisting conditions nor affordable hc if not for PBO…silence.

  41. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Still playing catch-up, NW, but thanks for this post!

    And happy Earth Day, earthlings!

  42. 114 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Justice Sotomayor has no time for BS prejudiced rantings.

  43. April 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm


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