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Rise and Shine

President Obama views the scene of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., from Marine One, April 22 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

Japan Standard Time is 13 hours ahead of US Eastern, so while we’re up and about, the President will, presumably, be sleeping.

Will post his Thursday schedule asap.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden will speak today to soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky. – need to get a time for the event.

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Crowds wait for the arrival of President Obama at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo

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BBC: Obama pledges Japan islands support as Asian tour begins

US President Barack Obama has assured Japan that islands at the centre of its territorial dispute with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty.

In an interview ahead of his Asian tour, Mr Obama said the US would oppose any attempt to undermine Japan’s control over the islands.

US officials have made such comments in the past, but this is the first time Mr Obama has given such explicit support.

He arrived in Japan on Wednesday ahead of stops in three other Asian nations.

…. Mr Obama is not going to Beijing, but relations with China are expected to dominate his meetings with regional leaders.

More here

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President Obama is welcomed to Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before dinner in Tokyo

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Steve Benen: Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s affirmative action ban

The ruling on affirmative action in Michigan did not come as too great a surprise, but it’s nevertheless one of the year’s big cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.

…. The ruling will be especially relevant in states that have chosen to ban affirmative action – the policies have been curtailed in Arizona, California, Florida, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and the state of Washington – while also signaling to other states that they can now do the same without fear of judicial intervention.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stinging dissent.

The entirety of the ruling is online here (pdf), but this excerpt helps capture the extent to which she disagreed with the majority.

….. “Today’s decision eviscerates an important strand of our equal protection jurisprudence. For members of historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights, the decision can hardly bolster hope for a vision of democracy that preserves for all the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self-government.”

Full post here

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Charles Pierce: The Wonderful World Where Justices Dwell

The Day of Jubilee, declared by Chief Justice John Roberts in his decision gutting the Voting Rights Act, and celebrated in another venue with the McCutcheon decision, in which we learned that the only real form of political corruption is a direct quid pro quo, and that influence peddled is not influence at all, goes on and on at the Supreme Court, where today yet another decision was handed down that was not About Race, because nothing is ever About Race.

…. The decision was written by Anthony Kennedy, who lives in that wonderful world where the law is a pure crystal stream running through green meadows, unsullied by the grit and silt that piles up in the actual lives of actual human beings. It must be a wonderful world in which Anthony Kennedy lives.

…. This is pure majoritarianism – grotesquely so, if you consider the ongoing shenanigans at the state level regarding ballot access and voter suppression. There will be a real impact on real people – just as there will be with the gutting of the Voting Rights Act and with the cascade of money that this Court has unleashed on the political system….

From the bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up in the real world and apparently still lives there, was having none of Kennedy’s rainbows and unicorns.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: Dems Doing The Unexpected: Embracing The ACA

At a press conference last week, a reporter asked President Obama whether “it’s time for Democrats to start campaigning loudly and positively on the benefits” of the Affordable Care Act. The president suggested the larger political discussion should start to include other issues, but he nevertheless gave Dems some direction. “I think that Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud” of the Americans benefiting from the ACA, he said, “I don’t think we should apologize for it, and I don’t think we should be defensive about it. I think there is a strong, good, right story to tell.” And with increasing frequency, Democrats have become eager to tell this strong, good, right story.

In Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) launched this new spot today. We talked two weeks ago, for example, about a very impressive independent-expenditure ad in Alaska, touting Sen. Mark Begich’s (D) support for the health care reform law. In Louisiana, meanwhile, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is touting the importance of Medicaid expansion and pushing to allow voters to decide its fate in November. And in states like Michigan, North Carolina, and Arkansas, groups aligned with Democrats are airing pretty hard-hitting ads criticizing Republicans who don’t support health care reform.

More here

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Times Record: Arkansas DHS: 155,000 Applications Approved For Private Option

More than 155,000 Arkansas have applied and been found eligible for the so-called private option, or about 70 percent of the 225,000 Arkansans estimated to qualify for the program, the state Department of Human Services said Monday. The agency also estimated that 82 percent of those Arkansans had incomes too low to qualify for federal subsidies to buy insurance through the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The subsidies are available to families with incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. “We now know that an overwhelming majority of Arkansans in the program would have likely gone without health insurance had the Legislature not passed the private option,”

DHS Director John Selig stated in a news release. “Clearly there was a real need in a lot of these families.” The private option, signed into law last April, allows the state to use federal Medicaid money to pay the private health insurance premiums for people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $16,105 for a household of one. Statewide, 61 percent of Arkansans in the program are women and 64 percent are ages 19-44, a somewhat younger population than those getting coverage through the federal insurance marketplaces, said Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison.

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Maggie Fox: Most Support Birth Control Mandate, Survey Shows

Most Americans — 69 percent — support the requirement that health insurance plans pay for birth control, a new survey shows. The 2010 Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to pay for contraception as part of 10 essential benefits, including vaccines and cancer screenings. It’s the most controversial requirement, with religious groups,

some conservative commentators and some employers objecting. The Supreme Court is expected to rule by June on one appeal by two employers who say paying for certain forms of birth control interferes with their religious beliefs. Free coverage of contraception for most health plans started in 2012.

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Dylan Scott: Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over

Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. They’re closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor’s seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature — which will almost certainly remain Republican. In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) both oppose Medicaid expansion. They both look likely — if not quite certain — to win re-election in November. That should make the bills passed by their respective state lawmakers unnecessary, but they seem intent on guarding against even the remote possibility of a Democratic governor. Georgia and Kansas have left a combined 487,000 residents uncovered under Obamacare because they refused to expand Medicaid. And, though the law remains unpopular, a recent poll found that majorities of Georgians (54 percent) and Kansans (55 percent) support Medicaid expansion.

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Adam Beam: Beshear: 413,000 People Signed Up For Health Care In KY

Beth Moore left her job – and her health insurance – to start her own company in January. In March, while visiting Texas, she had an emergency appendectomy followed by a nasty bout with pneumonia that added up to more than $30,000 in medical bills. But Moore was one of 413,410 Kentuckians who signed up for free or subsidized health insurance through kynect, Kentucky’s state-run health insurance marketplace made possible by the federal Affordable Care Act. So far, the most she has paid for her treatment is $150. “If I had not had insurance (it) would have been catastrophic for me,” Moore said. “I’m very grateful that I am a resident of Kentucky and that this was an option for me.”

Moore told her story alongside Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and other state officials Tuesday who were celebrating the end of the open-enrollment period of Kentucky’s health insurance marketplace. While signups on the federal website were delayed by numerous technical glitches, Kentucky’s system worked smoothly. At its peak, Beshear said, the state’s website processed more than 7,000 applications per day. The final number is likely to grow because workers are still processing paper applications. Kynect’s next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15. “We’re going to keep enrolling people until everybody in Kentucky who needs health coverage has it,” Beshear said.

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NYT: Oklahoma Limits Abortion Drug Use

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill on Tuesday to further restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma, despite objections from opponents who say it will force more women to have surgical abortions. The bill was written in response to a recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that ruled a similar bill signed by Ms. Fallin in 2011 was unconstitutional.

The measure would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring that doctors administer them only in accordance with Food and Drug Administration protocol. That protocol calls for the drugs to be given in higher doses than is customary today, and only in the first seven weeks of pregnancy. It takes effect on Nov. 1.

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NYT: The American Middle Class Is No Longer The World’s Richest

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans. The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time.

They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality. Although economic growth in the United States continues to be as strong as in many other countries, or stronger, a small percentage of American households is fully benefiting from it. Median income in Canada pulled into a tie with median United States income in 2010 and has most likely surpassed it since then. Median incomes in Western European countries still trail those in the United States, but the gap in several — including Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden — is much smaller than it was a decade ago.

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CNN Money: Rebirth of America’s dead factories

Defunct factories around the country are in high demand as U.S. production once again revs up.

The past two decades have been brutal for American manufacturing as companies shifted production overseas and introduced high-tech systems that eliminated jobs.

Many of these once-thriving hubs have been idle for years, but that’s starting to change.

“Demand for closed factories has picked up since the recession,” said Stuart Lichter, president of Industrial Realty Group, which works with defunct commercial property.

This resurgence is largely triggered by U.S. companies bringing production back home. There has also been a boom in international firms, especially from China, shifting production to the U.S. as a way to grow their business and cut costs.

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AP: First Lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents.

First lady Michelle Obama was announcing the launch of the new Veterans Employment Center on Wednesday at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans’ jobs summit organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor.

“Our service members haven’t always had the time or information they needed to prepare their resumes, to plot their career goals, to meet with employers and get the jobs they deserve,” the first lady said in her prepared remarks. Mrs. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, have long been focused on the needs of veterans.

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Fernando Espuelas: Republicans Break Up With Hispanics

Breakups are rough — regrets, pain and bitter memories. As Republicans in the House block immigration reform time after time, American Latinos get the message: It’s over, don’t call me. Have a good life. What remains are the weekly flip-flops by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the yelps of “amnesty” coming from a seemingly frightened Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the tiny fig leaf provided by Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) seven bills he’s been talking about for a year and the shameful action to deport all Dreamers through the recently unanimous vote of the House Republican caucus’s fantasy bill, the Enforce Act. On my radio show every day, and on social media 24/7, I am part of a conversation where responsibility for both the failure of comprehensive reform, and the acrid discourse surrounding it, is laid at the feet of Republicans exclusively.

New to American politics, organic groups of American Latinos have formed online with the express purpose of increasing Latino turnout in November and dealing the GOP a blow. No longer tied to the traditional activist organizations, still espousing 1960s tactics and attitudes, these new groups are savvy Facebookers and Tweeters that can spread a political message across the country with the click of the mouse – reaching tens of thousands of people in an instant, hundreds of thousands per day. This political battle is now personal. Just like the Tea Party fervor of 2010, driven by a single-minded focus to oppose President Obama, these online Latino groups share a similar obsession with throwing Republicans out of office. Come this November 4, Republicans may just wake up to the ugly reality that breaking up with American Latinos over immigration was an easily avoidable and ultimately very costly divorce.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the afternoon, President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan

Later, the President joins Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan for a private dinner

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

In the morning, President Obama meets with Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Imperial Palace

The President meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Akasaka Palace

In the afternoon, the President participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe

Later, President Obama delivers remarks at a youth and science event with students at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

The President visits Meiji Shrine

President Obama attends the Japan State Dinner and delivers remarks

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Friday, April 25, 2014

In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan

Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan

In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea

The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony

Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace

President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy

Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks

In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square

Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia

Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra

In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak

The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center

Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace

Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines

President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino

The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio

Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery

The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

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On This Day

The folded hands of President Obama are seen, second from left, at the U.S. Capitol Holocaust Memorial event April 23, 2009, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza)

The President throws a football to one of his aides before a meeting in the Oval Office. April 23, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Outer Oval Office, April 23, 2010. Brian Mosteller, left, and Terry Szuplat work nearby (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama watches as active duty service members take the United States Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, April 23, 2010.(Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama salutes an active duty service member following a naturalization ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, April 23, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with patrons at 12 Bones restaurant in Asheville, N.C., April 23, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a chance encounter with other hikers while walking along a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Asheville, N.C., April 23, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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On this Day: President Obama strikes the Heisman pose after accepting a football from quarterback Tim Jefferson, left, during the Commander-in-Chief Trophy presentation to the United States Air Force Academy football team in the East Room of the White House, April 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., with Sara Bloomfield, museum director, and Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, April 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama tours the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., with Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, and Sara Bloomfield, museum director, April 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

… with Elie Wiesel

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 First Lady Michelle Obama poses with a “Flat Stanley” cutout as Kelly McMahon takes her picture backstage at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2013. Watching nearby, from left, are: Danielle Gray, Cabinet Secretary; Tina Tchen, the First Lady’s Chief of Staff; Kristen Jarvis, Deputy Director of Advance & Traveling Aide for the First Lady; and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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MoooOOOooorning everyone! A gazillion thanks to Nerdy for adding a bunch of great news stories to the post while I was snoring last night – Legend.


120 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 6 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 9:54 am

    yessss

  2. 9 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 9:54 am
  3. April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
    • 11 anniebella
      April 23, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Thanks to People for realizing that beauty comes in all shades of color. I remember when I first saw Ms. Nyong’o I could tell she was something special. The first time I saw her was right here on Obama diary.

  4. 12 anniebella
    April 23, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I did see on the morning news about POTUS arriving in Japan, and one reporter did say what the purpose of the trip was, how the trip was suppose to occur last year in August, but the Republicans was up to something as usually, so POTUS had to remain in DC. And the reporter mention something about that trade deal the administration is trying to get, the trade deal Ed Schultz hate. .

  5. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 10:04 am

    You’re welcome, Chips.

    YES! YES! YES! YES!

    They haven’t been this right in a while.

    You can watch her video here. She has head right and is so grounded.

    http://www.people.com/people/package/video/0,,20360857_20809484,00.html

  6. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 10:07 am
  7. 15 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 10:10 am
  8. 16 Linda
    April 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed two pro-gun bills Tuesday, including one that would have allowed guns in public buildings.

    The vetoes keep with Brewer’s moderate streak that began with expanding Medicaid under Obamacare and continued with vetoing an anti-gay bill earlier this year.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jan-brewer-gun-vetoes

  9. 17 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 10:14 am
  10. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

    She gets it. EVERY. TIME. She gets it. You can watch the video at the link. She was on the Today Show this morning.

    Nyong’o never dreamed she would be the person selected for the publication’s 25th anniversary issue. “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the 31-year-old Non-Stop star humbly admits. “And especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.” Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o first equated beauty with what she saw on TV: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she recalls. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Luckily, Nyong’o says her mother, Dorothy, “always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point.” Now she says the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress.”
    When it comes to beauty, Nyong’o says, “Happiness is the most important thing.”

    When editorial director Jess Cagle revealed the magazine’s cover on Today, he explained why the staff chose the relative newcomer. “I fell in love with her right before the Oscars when she gave a speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, and she spoke really frankly about…having felt unbeautiful when she was a girl. And she would pray for lighter skin. She spoke really openly about her journey to embracing the way that she looked, and then ultimately realizing that physical beauty is not what sustains you,” Cagle added. “I just love her.”

    In a pre-taped interview with Savannah Guthrie, Nyong’o reiterated that the honor came as a surprise. “What an incredible journey to go from that feeling to being on the cover of this magazine. I mean, you could have never told me that that would happen when I was 16 and insecure about my complexion,” the Yale School of Drama graduate said. “I hope it means something to more than just me, to people like me who feel unbeautiful in whatever skin they’re in.”

    http://www.eonline.com/news/534717/lupita-nyong-o-is-people-s-most-beautiful?cmpid=eonline-twitter&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=twitterfeed&utm_campaign=twitterfeed_topstories&dlvrit=48939

  11. 19 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This man is supposedly brilliant. How and when did he become a wingnut?

    • 20 anniebella
      April 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

      You are right amk, this Ben Carson is supposedly brilliant, but even the brilliant can be stupid.

  12. 22 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 10:19 am
  13. 23 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 10:20 am
    • April 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I can’t stand the stuff coming out of this hashtag. It’s absolutely horrendous.

      • 26 amk for obama
        April 23, 2014 at 11:07 am

        I am actually it is all coming out in the open from ordinary people. The corrupt msm would have whitewashed it.

      • 29 Dudette
        April 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        Shocking stuff. That dept needs to be cleaned out thoroughly.

        • 30 carolyn
          April 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

          Anyone who knows dogs, knows that the dog is trying to tell that stupid person that his human is in trouble and needs help! I imagine the dog is caretaker of his human in many ways. What does that man now have!
          It never ceases to amaze me how positively stupidly so many police react in such situations. Is this a matter of poor training, or a desire to use a gun?

          Contrast this with our experience with the national police in Rome. We were waiting in line for the Colosseum visit, and a lady in our group fainted and fell onto one of the big stones. Within ten seconds two tall carabanieri were with us, no guns drawn. Other people brought water, and her son, a doctor, was immediately with her. Within another twenty seconds an ambulance arrived, and she and her son were taken to the hospital. That man needed HELP!!!!

  14. April 23, 2014 at 10:20 am
  15. 33 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Is beshear campaigning for alison?

    • 34 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Good question…she would be well-advised to embrace OCare and Gov Beshear instead of clinging to that ’90’s “President Clinton” nonsense.

    • 35 Vicki
      April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Yes! He has appeared with her at rallies.

      • 36 amk for obama
        April 23, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Good, he can pound the benefits of ObamaCare while she can ‘play it safe’.

        I want that corrupt mofo kicked out.

        • April 23, 2014 at 11:11 am

          Amk, do you know if there is any way of going back to the old Twitter view, or are we stuck with this horrible new one? I can see my own TL the old way, but not other people’s :-(

          • 38 amk for obama
            April 23, 2014 at 11:15 am

            Nope. Don’t worry, that ‘change’ shitstorm is coming your way too. The me page has become totally horrid.

            • April 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

              Grrrrr. It’s absolutely HORRIBLE!!! Actually, it might turn out to be a good thing, it’ll turn me right off using Twitter, which would be a blessing!

      • 40 Vicki
        April 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

        I hope Allison from Kentucky sees Allyson from PA’s TV ad full speed ahead take on the ACA.

        • 41 Judith Fardig
          April 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm

          Hear hear! Get on board the Obamacare bandwagon and talk explicitly about how it helps people.

        • 42 jackiegrumbacher
          April 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

          Vicki, please be cautious in your praise of Allyson Schwartz. She was not a supporter in the fight for ObamaCare as a member of Congress and is only joining the party now because she thinks it will play well with Liberals who dislike her intensely. She is a recent new way Democrat, always finding ways to vote with Republicans when she can. I neither like nor trust Allyson Schwartz and would have a hard time supporting her, although I will certainly vote for her or any Dem against Corbettt.

  16. 43 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 10:30 am
    • 44 Nena20409
      April 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Well of course. The Fox pundits keep their dumb listeners uninformed. It is Not News. It is a propaganda machine just like the 1300 Talk Hate rightie Radio Hosts.

  17. 45 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 10:31 am
  18. 46 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2014 at 10:31 am

    ATTACKING LAWYERS ON THE BASIS OF THE CLIENTS THEY REPRESENT

    =====================Exemplary Reporting ======================

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 04/22/14

    1) Bad guys get lawyers, too (20 minutes)

    Rachel Maddow discusses the cyclical outrage toward lawyers who defend violent criminals in the United States.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1nFDlnd

    2) Lawyers criticized for clients they represent (6 minutes)

    Former Solicitor General Neal Katyal talks to Rachel Maddow about how the Republican Governor’s Association is criticizing South Carolina Democrat Vincent Sheheen for defending certain clients in a new ad.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1tzOYQM

  19. 47 dotster3
    April 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Yowza—this R&S overflowing in abundance—-Blue Ribbon!
    Fl. sis reported in —–disgustedly—-on the GOP primary in her SW Fl. Dist.—–replacing former congressman Trey Radel who resigned after cocaine arrest. Won by tea party supported candidate Curt Clawson, most of support coming from Naples in a low turnout election, people disgusted by the especially negative advertising. Clawson outspent his opponents 2 to 1, mostly with the $3.4 million of his own money, which seems to be all the rage in the GOP these days. I think the Dem candidate is a good one for that area———April Freeman—-smart (Yale), successful small bsns. owner, a Repub convert——left in disgust with the Iraq war lies and economic disaster of the W. years, big supporter of Obama, an Organizing Fellow for Obama. PBO won that area—–narrowly, I believe. Again—-turnout will be key here also—-need to prevent any more tea party aligned goofs in Congress.

    http://www.news-press.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/23/clawson-wins-big-gop-primary/8037501/

  20. April 23, 2014 at 10:37 am
  21. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Lancôme (the world wide famous skin care company) named Lupita Nyong’o its first Black ambassador. On the one hand, you’re like whaaaaaat?!?! It took 2014 for you to have a minority ambassador? On the other hand, thank goodness they finally came to their senses. I remember the day they announced it on Twitter and their timeline was flooded with people all over the world especially women of color telling them they would shop their products. See what happens when companies embrace diversity? It’s good for the world and they feel the love from all corners.

    http://www.today.com/entertainment/lupita-nyongo-people-magazines-most-beautiful-person-1D79562413

    • 58 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

      She’s gorgeous. How does someone get to age 31 with such flawless skin? Please advise.

    • 59 Don
      April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

      The ground is shifting so fast, it must be pure hell to be a racist these days!

      • 60 anniebella
        April 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        They know that the ground is shifting that is why they are acting the way they are. Trying to reverse civil rights,women rights, suppress people from voting, treating the poor like they are dirt. They want things to go back to the good old days for them, back to the 40’s 50’s..

    • 61 Bill R.
      April 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Yup, she is stunningly gorgeous.

      • 62 anniebella
        April 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

        I’m sure Megyn Kelly won’t agree with People Magazine, according to Kelly everything great and good is white. Santa Claus, Jesus.

    • 64 Don
      April 23, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Hopefully now that the latest plot to prevent millions from enrolling in Medicaid has be sniffed out, the millions that are being plotted on will finally choose not to vote against their own best interest.

    • 65 Vicki
      April 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      TOD: If you read nothing else today this article is a Must.
      Death by Obamacare derangement syndrome.

      The article outlines the problem but doesn’t present solutions.

      The Solution to the problem is getting accurate info to the Medicaid deprived states.
      Making every vote for any office—not just Governor but dogcatcher, whatever—–make that vote go Democratic.
      Yes it is a heavy lift to get accurate info to the poor befuddled folks in Brownback’s state. But
      People vote with their wallets and their hearts. Somehow we mught be able to unmask the heartless moneygrubbing Koch-sucking Gov. of Kansas.
      kathleen Sebelius, go home, maybe? Plenty for you to do in Kansas!

  22. 66 debz
    April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Wow, this is a packed R&S! It should take me all day to read everything. Good thing Japan is a day ahead of us.

  23. April 23, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Morning everyone. Lovely People’s most beautiful. Lupita defines beauty, educated, talented, beautiful. Wish her a long happy future.

  24. 68 carolyn
    April 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

    A little ot for this thread, but on the previous thread I saw the picture of Caroline Kennedy and her famous Kennedy smile. Her mother and father would be so proud of her! I have seen her grow up from a darling toddler to the beautiful, accomplished woman she is now.

    The adoration of PBO all over the world reminds me of only one previous US president…..JFK. The media and everyone was obsessed with him and his family…..had there been an internet and twitter, etc. back then, I’m sure the frenzy would have been like today’s.

    I thought of similarities …..both have that innate elegance and grace, qualities which cannot be taught or put on like a coat. They both are very bright and are the target of haters, unbelievable.

    They both have spectacular wives who made positive impacts on the country, and both who were deeply concerned that their children be normal, not prima donnas. I would say that Jackie succeeded beautifully with Caroline, and Michelle is doing the same with Malia and Sasha. Each was grounded and centered.

    I’m thinking that Caroline is now fulfilling what she was born to be.

    • 69 anniebella
      April 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I wonder if John Jr. would have gotten into politics if he had lived. I don’t remember President Kennedy and Jackie.

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Carolyn, I think you nailed it with “they both have that innate elegance and grace.” JFK was born into a privileged family and never wanted for money. But unlike many wealthy people today, he and his siblings believed in public service and they put that before the accumulation of more wealth. Jackie was a socialite, born into the elite and had a naturally aristocratic bearing (unlike the nouveau riche Ann Romney), plus a lot of intelligence and common sense. The Obamas both came from humble beginnings, so their rise to national service is really a wonder and miracle that is entirely due to their amazing talents, brilliance and personal charisma. I have been blessed to see and love both these great presidents.

  25. 71 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 11:45 am

    LOL. You and every woman in the world.

  26. 75 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 11:56 am
  27. 76 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    … Louisiana receives $3.35 in federal spending for each dollar its citizens send to Washington in the form of taxes. Only South Carolina ($7.87), North Dakota ($5.31) and Florida ($4.31) get more for each federal tax dollar. …

    Delaware gets 50 cents back for every dollar it pays in federal taxes, making it the most generous state. Illinois and Minnesota, each of which gets 56 cents in federal aid for every dollar paid, come next.

    http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20140401/NEWS01/140401002/Report-Louisiana-gets-3-35-federal-aid-every-1-paid-federal-taxes

  28. 77 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    WATCH LIVE >> First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are speaking at Fort Campbell right now. http://www.wsmv.com/category/279431/watch-now-breaking-news-from-wsmvcom

  29. 78 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27128902

  30. 79 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm
  31. 80 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    WATCH LIVE >>>> First Lady Michelle Obama is speaking at Fort Campbell right now. http://www.wsmv.com/category/279431/watch-now-breaking-news-from-wsmvcom

  32. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Good mornin’!

  33. 84 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  34. 85 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Great roundup NW!
    I especially appreciate the Asia trip info. You beat anything MSM puts out!

  35. 86 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Sushi for you? :-)

  36. 87 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm
  37. 88 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  38. 89 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  39. 91 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm
  40. 92 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm
  41. 93 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm
    • 94 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Dudette, including the fact that many in the GOP and Tea Party think that this repellent man has charisma.

  42. 95 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm
  43. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Wow, Chips – What a glorious R&S!

  44. 99 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm
  45. 100 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm
  46. 101 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm
  47. April 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm
  48. 105 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Ari Berman ‏@AriBerman 2h

    SCOTUS says minorities should challenge discrimination at the ballot box…after gutting the Voting Rights Act, making it harder to vote

  49. 109 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm
  50. 110 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  51. April 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm
  52. 113 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm
  53. April 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    • April 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Ah yes, the power of The Internet …

      “Ukrainian intelligence produced and presented a dossier of photographs to the OSCE last week. The images, and official accusations, point to Russian “sabotage-reconnaissance groups” being involved in the recent armed insurgency in eastern Ukraine – Donetsk region specifically. According to a New York Times article, the photos and their descriptions were “endorsed by the Obama administration,” but who are these men? With the power of crowdsourcing, but mostly with the power of social networking and public profiles, the identities of a series of Russian insurgents in Donetsk have been uncovered. Men have been comparing the size of their guns since the invention of gunpowder, and thankfully these few decided to flaunt just that. Publicly. On the internet.”

      Link in tweet …

      • 116 MightyPamela
        April 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Does “endorsed by the Obama administration” mean the identities are verified and permission to publish was granted? I read the article, but it didn’t clarify my question.

  54. 117 Nena20409
    April 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Awesome R&S.
    >-I >-I >-I

  55. 118 Nena20409
    April 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    photo/1

  56. 120 Nena20409
    April 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    We shall see how fast Rand Paul denies his own words in 2007?

    When the Pauls try to deceive? The video or written words would OUT them……


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