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Rise and Shine: Japan

President Obama meets a robot named ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, as he attends a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo

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Friday in Japan – 13 hours ahead of EDT

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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President Obama is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

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President Obama and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy at a meeting with Japanese PM Abe.

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President Obama, with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, watches a demonstration on the Geo-Cosmos, a suspended globe that visualizes environmental data about the earth, during his visit to the Miraikan (the National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation)

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President Obama and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy listen to their guides during a visit to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

President Obama hangs an ema, or wooden prayer tablet, next to chief priest Seitaro Nakajima during a visit to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

President Obama is blessed as he tours Meiji Shrine

President Obama watches a Yabusame or horseback archery demonstration as he tours Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

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Japanese PM Abe and National Security Advisor Susan Rice at the state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

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On This Day

President Obama and Vice President Biden practice their putting on the White House putting green April 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha attend Easter church service at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama waits with 2012 National Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Mieliwocki, 7th-grade English teacher at Luther Burbank High School, Burbank, Calif., and Education Secretary Arne Duncan in the Green Room of the White House before the start of a ceremony to honor the 2012 National and State Teachers of the Year in the East Room, April 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama stops to view the moon and Venus before boarding Marine One in Boulder, Colo., April 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a woman during a Girls Inc. luncheon at Century Link Center, in Omaha, Neb., April 24, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

President Obama and Jimmy Fallon laugh while being briefed on the “Slow Jam the News” segment backstage before taping “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, N.C., April 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama waits to be announced during a taping of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, N.C., April 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Jimmy Fallon during a taping of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, April 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets patrons at the Sink Restaurant & Bar in Boulder, Colo., April 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama acknowledges applause following his remarks on student loan interest rates, at the University of Colorado Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo., April 24, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking with people along a ropeline with President Obama at Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas, April 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooooOOOOooooorning everyone – more photos from Japan later.


137 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Japan”


  1. 1 africa
    April 24, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hello TODers.

    Hiya Chips

  2. 10 africa
    April 24, 2014 at 9:59 am
  3. April 24, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    What the clemency initiative tells us about President Obama

    At the end of his first term, President Obama had granted clemency to one person. Of course this led many people to conclude that he didn’t care about criminal justice reform or correcting the racial disparities in that system – especially those created by our “war on drugs.” As of this week, we know those conclusions were premature.

    The shift started early in the President’s second term when he basically announced an end to the war on drugs saying, “we simply cannot incarcerate our way out of the drug problem.” Then last December, he commuted the sentences of eight federal prisoners who were serving long sentences due to crack cocaine convictions prior to the Fair Sentencing Act. Of course there were plenty of progressives who took that as an opportunity to talk about the thousands of others who were not granted clemency and lecture President Obama about the importance of courage.

    But this was never about a lack of courage. Instead, its about a cultural bureaucracy that needed to be reformed.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-clemency-initiative-tells-us-about.html

  4. April 24, 2014 at 10:03 am
  5. April 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

    NFL players talk about race with Harvard students
    By JIMMY GOLEN
    — Apr. 23, 2014 7:15 PM EDT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. It was worth it, the Seattle cornerback said, because it gave him a chance to talk about the perception of black athletes to a wider audience.

    First, at the Super Bowl.

    On Wednesday, at Harvard.

    “I wanted to educate the uneducated,” Sherman said in a discussion at the Harvard Business School. “I felt the need to turn the discussion on its head.”

    Sherman was mostly known only by football fans before his admittedly overexcited postgame trash-talk about Michael Crabtree after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC title. As he became the center of attention during Super Bowl week, Sherman chose not to back down from the comments.

    “I don’t regret anything about it,” he said, though he later conceded that it was a “bad moment.” ”I chose my words very carefully, though I couldn’t control my tone. My delivery left something to be desired. But I knew what I was doing. When they called me a ‘thug,’ I provoked a discussion.”

    That discussion took him to Harvard, along with former NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. They gave two talks, one at the business school that was supposed to be about social media that quickly veered into a discussion of race; the other, to undergraduates in historic Harvard Yard, was introduced as, “The Modern Black Male Athlete.”

    Both were packed with a standing-room crowd. A handful of attendees wore Seahawks jerseys or hats.

    http://pro32.ap.org/article/nfl-players-talk-about-race-harvard-students

  6. 15 africa
    April 24, 2014 at 10:16 am

    The fakey Rand Paul and GOP, they Mr. Bundy. Not that many don’t have the same thoughts.

    • 16 anniebella
      April 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

      GOP hitching wagon to bigot, well I am not surprise. Why you ask, because most of the Tea Party Republicans are racists themselves. It is funny how when a young back kid is gun down like Trayvon and Jordon, they never step forward and say anything, not even a word of sympathy to the parents who child was killed. They have alot to say about foodstamps or black men in the inner city not working, but they want to turn this free loader welfare racists rancher into some hero. That’s the Republican Party for you.

  7. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    April 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

    TOKYO — President Barack Obama closed out his first full day of a week-long trip to Asia on Thursday with a state dinner at Japan’s Imperial Palace and a toast to the U.S.-Japan alliance.

    “Although we are separated by vast oceans, our peoples come together every day in every realm,” Obama said, delivering a toast to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. “May we never give up hope. May we always take care of each other. And may we continue to live strong for tomorrow.”

  8. 18 Ladyhawke
    April 24, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Now Republicans Are Upset Obamacare Doesn’t Help More People

    BY JONATHAN COHN

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    That’s pretty much the story with Republicans today. They’ll do whatever it takes—up to and including shutting down the government—to fight a program that’s helping millions of Americans to get health insurance (and millions more to get coverage that’s more comprehensive or more affordable). But they have no interest in crafting a replacement and, then, undertaking the politically difficult work of enacting it. Republicans keep saying that the stereotype about their party is wrong—that they really do care about the poor and uninsured. The claim would be more believable if they started acting that way.

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    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117494/gop-hypocrisy-obamacare-uninsured-medicaid

  9. 22 Paulita
    April 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Good morning TOD! That picture of the archer on horseback is a money shot. Fantastic. This place is the badass!

  10. 23 donna dem 4 obama
    April 24, 2014 at 10:28 am
    • April 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      It’s amazing, isn’t it, that the same man who has been mooching on government resources to the tune of over a million dollars for the past 20 years seems to feel free to offer a racist opinion on what he thinks are other people’s “mooching.” Shorter conservative line:
      “He’s mooching off the government. Just kidding, he’s white!” :roll:

      I’ve made this statement before, and I’ll say it again. The only differences between the KKK and the GOP are that the GOP doesn’t wear robes and hoods, and doesn’t burn crosses. Yet.

  11. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 10:29 am
    • 28 Linda
      April 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I truly believe that some on the court are racists.

      • 29 lockewasright
        April 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

        Anybody who is a republican since the realignment that occurred post Civil Rights Act is at least wiling to be bedfellows with racists. That’s the most charitable characterization I am willing to give to people who vote for a party that so clearly enables racism and intolerance. Their voters are either racist or enabling racists isn’t a deal breaker for them. Any more forgiving characterization is inaccurate and lets actions that should weigh on the conscience off of the hook.

  12. 31 99ts
    April 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I didn’t realize how bad was that question from the CNN person (he ain’t no reporter). The transcript says it all – and the summary

    “It’s one thing for the media to be this bad at home, but it is worse when they embarrass the nation on the world stage. The media can’t report facts, because they aren’t interested in them. Apparently, you can take the media out of Washington, but you can’t take the Republican bias out of the media.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/24/president-obama-takes-cnns-lazy-biased-press-conference-question.html

    President Obama Tears Apart CNN’s Lazy and Biased Press Conference Question

    I assume that fool has asked his last question on this tour – ship him home – tourist class – in a middle seat.

  13. April 24, 2014 at 10:36 am

    President Obama Tears Apart CNN’s Lazy and Biased Press Conference Question

    During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe of Japan, CNN embarrassed themselves with a biased question that President Obama dismantled with facts.[....]

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, Jim, let me unpack that question because there’s a whole bunch of assumptions in there, some of which I don’t agree with. First of all, the treaty between the United States and Japan preceded my birth, so obviously, this isn’t a “red line” that I’m drawing; it is the standard interpretation over multiple administrations of the terms of the alliance, which is that territories under the administration of Japan are covered under the treaty. There’s no shift in position. There’s no “red line” that’s been drawn. We’re simply applying the treaty.[....]

    With respect to the other issues that you raise, our position, Jim,
    the United States’ position is that countries should abide by
    international law[....] Now, the implication of the question I think is, is
    that each and every time a country violates one of those norms the United States should go to war, or stand prepared to engage militarily, and if it doesn’t then somehow we’re not serious about those norms.

    Well, that’s not the case. Right now, we have 87 percent of serious chemical weapons have already been removed from Syria. There’s about 13 percent left. That’s as a consequence of U.S. leadership. And the fact that we didn’t have to fire a missile to get that accomplished is not a failure to uphold those international norms, it’s a success. It’s not a complete success until we have the last 13 percent out.[....]

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/24/president-obama-takes-cnns-lazy-biased-press-conference-question.html

    • 33 99ts
      April 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

      We have the same thoughts :)

    • 35 Vicki
      April 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Our President is unmatched in his intelligence eloquence clear thinking and in using all of his skills to Demolish the idiots he has to contend with.

    • 36 MightyPamela
      April 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

      I have an idea PBO called on this mofo just to put him into a visual and audible situation he will never live down now. In an intelligent country like Japan, this type of so-called representation of American journalism is nothing more than an open sore in the face of the entire world trying to work together to save what’s left of life as we know it. I watched this part of the news conference, PBO again demonstrated why he is the President. And why our newstainers are an embarrassment.

    • 37 GGail
      April 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Oh y’all please send this around the world – over and over and over!

  14. 38 dotster3
    April 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

    The emperor and empress are the cutest, sweetest looking couple.

  15. 48 dotster3
    April 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I wish friends on twitter wouldn’t retweet every hateful, obnoxious, ignorant tweet/reply they observe. I’m well aware the dummies are out there, don’t need further proof, don’t need the overexposure to all the ugliness.

  16. 50 Dakota
    April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Sending peace, love and good cheer to everyone!

  17. 51 MightyPamela
    April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Still trying to come down off the amazing high place I was seemingly catapulted to when that photo of the Emperor, with the Empress at his side, looking up at PBO with such respect and admiration. Even trying to type about it brings a full heart, and the tears of joy. Guessing I’ll be a basket case today. For which I thank President Obama deeply. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  18. April 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Meet The Companies That Just Promised To Pull 60 Million Dollars From Private Prisons

    [....] Scopia Capital, DSM, and Amica Mutual Insurance have all pledged to remove their collective investments of about $60,000,000 from the Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group — the two prison companies that own 75 percent of the nation’s private prisons. The decision to divest comes on the heels of pressure from Color Of Change, a racial and economic justice advocacy group that ran a campaign asking a total 150 companies to stop investing in the private prison industry.[....]

    Other groups have previously reportedly divested, as well, but this may be the largest single successful divestment campaign.[....] CCA lost four of its prison contracts with states last year — and that combined with slowly falling imprisonment rates may actually make private prisons not just morally questionable but financially unstable, Takei pointed out.[....]

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/24/3429976/divestment-private-prisons/

  19. 54 Vicki
    April 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

    For what it is worth (maybe nothing)I think the NY Times new venture “The Outlook” is a direct answer to and hit at Nate Silver’s 538 and Ezra’s Vox.

    It says it has a “data driven” basis—which is the same claim Nate and Ezra make but it is professional, well written, and infinitely superior to its rivals.
    Good move, Josh Barro, who is one of the participants in Times venture.

    Nate left the NY Times and Ezra left the Washington Post in what now seems to me to be an over-confidence in their own abilites.
    I wonder what TOD will make of these developments, if anybody here even cares about this.

    • 55 Vicki
      April 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

      “The Upshot” not the outlook, sorry

    • April 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Hmm.. I might note that one of the founders of Vox Media (the parent company) is a little known person to many of us here ;-) : Markos Moulitsas-Zuniga. AKA “Kos.”

      • 57 Vicki
        April 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

        good point, Norbrook.
        pretty sure Vox and 538 will get the attention they deserve–very little.
        I will be tuning in to Nates predictions in late summer or early fall. By then his professionalism most likely will overcome his desire to please his corporate masters.

  20. 58 99ts
    April 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Someone needs to send this to Chuckie

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/drudge-report-obama-bows-japanese-robot

    Peak Drudge: ‘OBAMA BOWS TO JAPANESE ROBOT’

  21. 59 Desertflower
    April 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I love that he took the time to stop and look up and admire the moon and Venus.

  22. April 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Donald Trump Has Some Very Serious Thoughts About the Way Obama Walks
    by Josh Feldman | 8:22 pm, April 22nd, 2014

    Donald Trump (a.k.a. the biggest troll alive) now has some strange thoughts on, of all things, the way President Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One.

    And it’s not just that he critiqued the way the president walks, he actually called it unpresidential.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/donald-trump-has-some-very-serious-thoughts-about-the-way-obama-walks/

    • 64 Desertflower
      April 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Poor, poor Donald Grump. All that money and no damn brains

    • 65 Linda
      April 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Bush getting off Marine One and spitting is very presidential in Trump’s world ?

      I know there is video of the spitting somewhere.

    • 66 anniebella
      April 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

      I can not believe that Donald Trump is worrying about how President Obama walk down the stairs from AF1. That is Pi-ti-ful.

    • 67 Dudette
      April 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Haha! Look at that tweet! He called him PRESIDENT Obama, which means he acknowledges him as legitimately in that role! Nothing else he said after that means squat! :-)

    • 68 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      April 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      WHEN THE DONALD’S HAIR FLOPS ON HIS FOREHEAD…IT REMINDS ME OF THE FACT THAT I NEED TO KEEP THE LID CLOSED ON THE LATRINE!

  23. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 11:17 am
    • 71 anniebella
      April 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Thank you meta, I sure enjoy FLOTUS taking the questions from the kids. As I said before these kids are much better then the WHPC.

  24. 72 Gazelle
    April 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    [Good mooooring! Thought some might enjoy these photos!]

    The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. During the time Hubble has orbited the Earth, it has taken more than 700,000 photos of the cosmos. We take a look at some of the most amazing photos taken during its mission.

    http://news.msn.com/science-technology/stellar-photos-from-the-hubble

  25. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 11:41 am
  26. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 11:43 am
  27. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 11:45 am
  28. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 11:45 am
  29. April 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for the R&S, Chips!!

  30. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 11:57 am
  31. 82 amk for obama
    April 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Voter turnout in my state was 73% today. In other states, it was from 60 to 85%.

  32. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    April 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  33. 84 Nena20409
    April 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    GM, GA, GD and Good Evening TODable TODers

    1st of the Internets ;) today. Have read very little.

    Went on TPM and saw this. Seriously?

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/media-matters-cliven-bundy-video

  34. April 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  35. April 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I was just contacted by a friend who wanted to know who I might recommend for donations for the 2014 midterms. I remembered this wonderful site and passed it along to him. it’s a great resource with all kinds of information. Please share with your friends who want to help!

  36. April 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  37. 91 donna dem 4 obama
    April 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    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.

    I certainly hope so!!!

    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      April 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Donna, this is the best news I’ve heard this year. Please let your prediction come true.

      • 93 donna dem 4 obama
        April 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

        I should have put my comment in quotes. It’s the writers prediction but I’m hoping it comes true this November as well.

  38. 94 anniebella
    April 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Sure we were better off as slaves, sure we were better off when our women were rape any time the master wanted too, sure we were better off being hung and whip, if we disobeyed the master, sure we were better off working all day for nothing, sure we were better off with our families being torn apart, being sold like live stock animals, sure we were better off being treat less then human, having no rights to say or do what we want, to even think what we wanted. Yes Cliven Bundy, those times were so good for my people. Like you I dream old those good old days.

  39. April 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm
  40. April 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Senator Reid is not playing.

  41. 100 ouapiti
    April 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for all these great photos and information about the President’s travels. I love to see him representing the U.S. to our overseas neighbors so intelligently, suavely and with such charm and grace.

  42. April 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm
  43. 104 Linda
    April 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

  44. 105 Bill R.
    April 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  45. 106 Linda
    April 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    One day in to the Asian Trip…….Ronan Farrow asks….Is the President falling short of his goals ? Dana Milbank says….President says a whole lot of nothing. He can’t make a deal on trade.

  46. 109 anniebella
    April 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    New arrangement have been made about the First Lady speaking at Kansas graduation.

  47. 110 donna dem 4 obama
    April 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    How did I miss this one last month?

    It’s important to shine a light on the ignorant bigotry displayed by people like Pat Garofalo and Bundy. They live in their own make believe world where everyone thinks like they think. To get to the age that they are and to believe that comments like these would be acceptable in today’s society tells you how closed off they are from the real world. They thumb their noses at people who don’t look, talk or act like they think they should. They look down on the “rest of us” because they see us as moochers and takers but have absolutely no issue with the billions of “government assistance” that corporations get to screw them over each and everyday.

    To say that Bundy’s comments have made me angry would be to put it mildly. I am not normally a violent person but if he was in my presence right now I might be inclined to slap his face.

    Now I’m going outside for a walk to try and clear my head!

  48. April 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    “KYIV, 23 April 2014 – Recent violent events in the Donetsk region are distressing and entirely inconsistent with the spirit of the Geneva statement agreed by the European Union, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United States, the head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Ambassador Ertugral Apakan said today.

    “The reported torture and killing of two individuals, including a local politician, are grave incidents,” said Apakan. “This represents a significant escalation of what is already a tense situation. Furthermore, the harassment and abduction of journalists is unacceptable. They should be released immediately.””

    http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/117960

  49. April 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm
  50. 113 57andfemale
    April 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, Lord: “Bundy says on Alex Jones radio show that he’d “appreciate” NYT retracting quotes: “I’m not racist.”

  51. 118 donna dem 4 obama
    April 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  52. 120 Bill R.
    April 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  53. 122 Vicki
    April 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I haven’t weighed in on Cliven Bundy before but have to now. Racism is at the core of Bundy’s beliefs and behavior, only he might better recognize it as white privilege.

    White privilege is what allowed Bundy and his band to confront Federal officers with guns. Snipers! pointed at BLM officers!
    White privilege is what allows Bundy & Co. to think it’s ok to use land without paying rent due. Freeloading Moochers Takers Ok if you’re white

    i don’t know how this story ends but I hope it ends with an affirmation of equally applied Rule Of Law and White Racial privilege not upheld.

  54. 123 Linda
    April 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

    Grimes’ statement Wednesday came on the same day that a group committed to blocking the pipeline’s construction announced plans to spend $500,000 setting up field offices in Kentucky to defeat U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. And it comes after McConnell and Republican party officials have repeatedly criticized Grimes for delaying her opinion on the project, which has become a key issue in Senate races across the country by pitting the value of economic development against protecting the environment.

    “The administration should rule now and approve the project,” Grimes said. “Putting Americans back to work in good-paying jobs that strengthen the middle class is my top priority and it should be the federal government’s as well.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/24/alison-lundergan-grimes-keystone_n_5204674.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

    Phone: (502) 352-2390

    She is a liar

    • 124 Vicki
      April 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Linda. Last week Mitch McConnell co-opted Allison’s talking point “Let’s fix Obamacare.”
      This week Allison is taking his Keystone talking point away.
      I want the Democrat to Win. So I will live with the strategy necessary to get us there.
      Ugly, sure.
      If I am off-base please correct me, folks.

      • April 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

        I agree with you, Vicki. Alison Grimes knows full well that President Obama is not going to approve KXL, so there’s no reason for her to give Mitch an easy shot at her. It’s politics and what matters is that she defeats Mitch on 4 Nov 2014. Unseemly, yes; pragmatic, yes.

  55. April 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    True colors …. no surprise ….

  56. 129 donna dem 4 obama
    April 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This is unfortunate :(

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      April 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Yes, it’s unfortunate. But I’m very glad Mrs. Obama declined. Bigger fish to fry, and many, many other institutions of “learning” and students and parents and communities will welcome her. Methinks SHE made the decision, so she wouldn’t be “the story” – but rather that the hardworking students would have their day, without controversy. But it still SUCKS how a bunch of jerks in that community reacted.

  57. 131 57andfemale
    April 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Oh, we all misunderstood. the Welfare-Rancher-In-Chief is out there today, clarifying his remarks:

    “Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher currently under fire for remarks he made about “the Negro,” explained himself on The Peter Schiff Show today, saying that he’s just “wondering” whether black people are better off being actual slaves or better off being slaves of the federal government.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/bundy-explains-negro-remarks-im-wondering-if-theyre-better-off-being-slaves/

  58. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    April 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Howdy. Took my daily peek earlier at CNN, to see what I could find that was “newsworthy.” (I kid.)

    Camera panned to hefty nameless faceless aviation expert who was swallowing air (most delicate way I can phrase that) similar to how Tweety swallows air …

    … then camerafolk panned to Richard Quest – self-proclaimed “aviation correspondent” #WhenOnceAllHeCoveredForUsWasTheRoyalFamily who literally jumped when he saw himself on camera, he was so unenthusiastic about being there.

    Nothing’s changed. Goodbye, CNN.

    On a lighter note, I have never seen Caroline Kennedy looking as totally serene as she looks now, in these images. Someone said her role as U.S. Ambassador to Japan is her calling, and I’m thinking it certainly appears that way. So happy for her! And us, to have her representing.

    • 134 carolyn
      April 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      jb, I think I’m the one who said that about Caroline Kennedy, that she was born for this. I agree. I’ve never seen her looking so serene and at peace. And it’s good to see her husband with her. One picture of I saw Jackie, then looked again and saw her dad. She is a beautiful combination of them both. This suits her so much better than a political office.

      • 135 jacquelineoboomer
        April 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        Totally agree! I kept trying to remember to look for her husband, and didn’t, so I’m glad you found him with her.

  59. 137 yardarm756
    April 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Well, if you did teach your pet to roll over, shake hands or play dead, don’t go patting yourself on the back. Look what this guy did ………

    https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=191369581019404


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