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Rise and Shine

President Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy, Ill., April 28, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Philippines is 12 hours ahead of EDT

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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President Obama arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines

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Amita O. Legaspi: US, PHL Sign Agreement For Increased US Troop Presence

Philippine and United States officials on Monday signed the agreement that will allow an enlarged rotational presence of American troops in the country, hours before the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. The ceremony lasted for not more than 15 minutes. The two officials left did not take questions after giving short statements. Finalized after eight rounds of talks that began in August 2013, the new accord grants US troops access to designated Philippine military facilities, the right to construct facilities, and pre-position equipment, aircraft and vessels. But the pact rules out permanent basing, as the Philippine Constitution bans foreign military bases in the country unless covered by a treaty.

According to a fact sheet provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the pact has an initial term of 10 years and was signed as an executive agreement within the scope of the Visiting Forces Agreement that had been ratified by the Philippine Senate in 1999. In his speech, Goldberg stressed that the agreement will not pave the way for permanent US military presence and the reopening their military bases in the country. “The US does not intend to establish permanent military presence in the Philippines…it will not reopen US bases to enhance our defense relationship,” he said. Goldberg said the agreement will support the long-term modernization of the Armed Forces and will help it “maintain and develop additional maritime security, maritime domain awareness and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capability.”

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President Barack Obama and Philippines President Benigno Aquino III speak at a joint news conference at Malacanang Palace in Manila, the Philippines

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President Barack Obama signs a guestbook as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III stands by in the Malacanang Palace in Manila, the Philippines

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President Obama delivers a speech as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III smiles during a state dinner at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines

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President Obama accepts the Order of the Sikatuna from President Benigno Aquino

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Robert Calandra: Once Opposed To ACA, Now A Convert

Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living. He’s a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he’d been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. “I don’t read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they’re full of it,” he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up. That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion’s share of the cost of the life-saving surgery – or die. He chose the former. “A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA,” Angstadt said. “I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs.” Angstadt called Leinhauser. The political odd couple talked a bit before Angstadt mentioned he was having trouble breathing. Leinhauser, 55, a retired firefighter and nurse, drove him to a doctor’s office.

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“Dean only saw a doctor when he needed to because it made a big difference in his finances,” Leinhauser said. From time to time, Leinhauser would urge Angstadt to buy a plan through the ACA marketplace. And each time, Angstadt refused. “We argued about it for months,” Angstadt said. “I didn’t trust this Obamacare. One of the big reasons is it sounded too good to be true.” Leinhauser went to Angstadt’s house, and in less than an hour, the duo had done the application. A day later, Angstadt signed up for the Highmark Blue Cross silver PPO plan and paid his first monthly premium: $26.11. Angstadt’s plan kicked in on March 1. It was just in time. Surgery couldn’t be put off any longer. On March 31, Angstadt had life-saving valve-replacement surgery. “I probably would have ended up falling over dead” without the surgery, Angstadt said. “Not only did it save my life, it’s going to give me a better quality of life.” “For me, this isn’t about politics,” he added. “I’m trying to help other people who are like me, stubborn and bullheaded, who refused to even look. From my own experience, the ACA is everything it’s supposed to be and, in fact, better than it’s made out to be.”

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Reuters: U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Ukraine

The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on Monday and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said the moves, which add to measures taken when Russia annexed Crimea last month, were to stop Putin fomenting rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Obama added he was holding broader measures against Russia’s economy “in reserve”. Among those sanctioned were Igor Sechin, head of state energy firm Rosneft, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. A Russian deputy foreign minister was quoted as expressing “disgust” at the White House announcement. The European Union, with more to lose than Washington from sanctions against Russia, a major energy supplier and trading partner for the EU,

is also expected to announce new penalties after member governments reached a deal, diplomats said. The United States will deny export licenses for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russian military capabilities and will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions, the White House said. It was the third round of sanctions that the United States has imposed over Crime and troop build-up on the border. All the sanctions have been aimed at individuals and businesses. “Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable,” a White House statement said.

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TPM: Obama Pledges Federal Help After Deadly Tornado

President Barack Obama is sending his deepest condolences to those affected by a deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas. Obama says he wants everyone affected to know that the federal government is on the ground to help. He says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will work with local officials. Obama says, quote, “Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild, as long as it takes.” The president is also praising the heroic efforts of first responders and neighbors. A broad tornado killed at least 11 when it sliced through suburbs in Arkansas on Sunday at the start of the U.S. tornado season. Another person died in Oklahoma.

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Washington Post: Ukraine Mayor Shot; US Announces New Sanctions

The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S. hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine. Armed insurgents tacitly backed by Moscow are seeking more autonomy in the region — possibly even independence or annexation with Russia. Ukraine’s acting government and the West have accused Russia of orchestrating the unrest, which they fear Moscow could use as a pretext for an invasion. Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back Monday morning, underwent surgery and “doctors are fighting for his life,” city hall said. Kernes was a staunch opponent of the pro-West Maidan movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February and

was widely viewed as the organizer of activists sent to Kiev from eastern Ukraine to harass those demonstrators. But he has since softened his stance toward the new Kiev government. At a meeting of eastern Ukrainian leaders and acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk earlier this month, Kernes insisted he does not support the pro-Russia insurgents and backed a united Ukraine. Kharkiv is in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen have seized government buildings and police stations, set up roadblocks or staged protests to demand greater autonomy or outright annexation by Russia. But unlike the neighboring Donetsk region, Kharkiv has been largely unaffected by the insurgency and Kernes has been credited for this. Its regional administration building was briefly seized earlier this month but promptly cleared of pro-Russia protesters.

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Jonathan House: U.S. Pending Home Sales Rise 3.4% In March

A gauge of upcoming home sales ticked higher in March after eight straight months of declines, a sign the sector could be pulling out of its malaise. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index of pending sales of existing homes rose 3.4% in March from February to 97.4. That was more than the 1% increase forecast by economists and placed the index 2.6% below its 2001 benchmark level. The report showed home sales perking up after suffering in recent months from an unusually harsh winter weather as well as declining affordability.

The spring buying and selling season is crucial for the U.S. housing market because many families prefer to make a move to a new school district by the end of the summer. Pending home sales provide a more timely gauge of market conditions than some other indicators as they tally sales at the moment contracts are signed. Sales typically close one or two months later. “After a dismal winter, more buyers got an opportunity to look at homes last month and are beginning to make contract offers,” said National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

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Greg Sargent: Scott Brown’s Obamacare Repeal Follies

Here’s another sign that the stance on Obamacare held by many GOP Senate candidates — whether you call it “repeal,” or “repeal and replace with something-or-other to be specified later” — is becoming increasingly unsustainable and could get harder and harder to explain as these campaigns intensify. In a weekend interview with WMUR, Scott Brown — who is running for Senate in New Hampshire — attempted to explain his stance on health care. He endorsed the general goals of protecting people with preexisting conditions and expanding coverage to those who need it. But he then denounced Obamacare as a “disaster,” citing the usual litany of Obama tyrannies and horror stories often hawked by Republicans. So, how would Senator Scott Brown go about accomplishing the goals he says he supports? Well, he urges reform on the state level.

New Hamsphire recently moved forward with its version of the Medicaid expansion. Brown supports repeal — which would do away with the expansion — and yet to my knowledge, he has not taken a position directly on the expansion when asked. Repeal would scrap Obamacare’s consumer protections and other efforts to expand coverage. Brown (who supported Romneycare in Massachusetts) appears to think federal reform should be repealed and replaced with state level reform. Until he says otherwise, that seems to mean he doesn’t envision a federal “replace” plan.

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On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama watches as students from the Ron Clark Academy perform at the unveiling of the Sojourner Truth bust at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, April 28, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama greets various 2009 State Teacher of the Year winners during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 28, 2009

President Obama speaks to employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at FBI headquarters in Washington on April 28, 2009

Students from the Ron Clark Academy perform for First Lady Michelle Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the unveiling ceremony of abolitionist and suffragist Sojourner Truth in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington on April 28, 2009

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President Obama greets workers and invited guests after speaking at POET Biorefining ethanol plant in Macon, Missouri on April 28, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama jokes with participants in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 28, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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President Obama talks with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour about severe storms and tornados that moved across the southeast, during a phone call in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, April 28, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets cast members from ABC’s sitcom “Modern Family”, including Julie Bowen, center, and Sofia Vergara, right, in the Oval Office, Saturday, April 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at the 2012 White House Correspondents Association Dinner

President Obama laughs during the 2012 White House Correspondents Association Dinner held at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012

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129 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

    yesssss.

  2. 11 Judith Fardig
    April 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Awesome R&S, as always!

  3. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    April 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

  4. 14 Judith Fardig
    April 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Did I tie with the honorable AMK?

  5. 23 57andfemale
    April 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hello?

  6. 24 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    My Goodness, NW! This post is a FEAST OF AWESOME SAUCE!!! Wow!

  7. 25 vcprezofan2
    April 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Is that Amk up above? How did he get here before me?

    Helloooo, everyone!

  8. April 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Maaaaaaaaaaagnificent Nerdy, so many wonderful links – and ‘Once Opposed To ACA, Now A Convert’ is a gem. Thank you Legend, sooooooooo much!

  9. 42 99ts
    April 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hi Everyone – fabulous R&S NW – you are an amazing pair of reporters – within and without the US – I love the pictures from the tour. Everyone – but everyone wants to meet and greet PBO. As he told Ed Henry – he is rebuilding lost friendships and avoiding sending young Americans to war – as he said he would do when elected. Bless him for holding firm to his beliefs and goals.

    • 43 carolyn
      April 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      I’m beginning to think that he calls on these jokers, knowing he’s going to get stupid questions, because he can use these as teaching moments. He takes their questions and answers them so completely, and leaves the idiots in the dust, but gets his own points out to the public. In the process, the “reporters” look stupid, and the world gets a good answer.

      I think they are too dumb to realize he is actually toying with them, playing them like a cat does a mouse. They are definitely mice.

      • 44 vcprezofan2
        April 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

        Yes, Carolyn, I do think PBO makes good use of these confirmed idiots to set up ‘teaching moments’. They are after all so predictable …and so consistently dense. Indeed, if it wasn’t so obvious that they don’t get it, and are so anti-O, I’d be inclined to think that they were ‘planted’ to help get certain points across. ;) ;)

  10. 45 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Unbelievable R&S NW……Wow.

    It will take me all day to ready it all. It will be worth every second. Thank you.

    Au for Amk and Judith Fardig.

    GM. GD. GA. GE.

    TODville ;)

    Hip, Hip, Hip, It’s a Manic Monday, Hooray ;)

  11. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    April 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Mornin’, all!

  12. 50 amk for obama
    April 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Microsoft has warned consumers that a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser could let hackers gain access and user rights to their computer.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27184188

    yeah, what else is new? And peeps still use that crap?

  13. 51 amk for obama
    April 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    A judge at a mass trial in Egypt recommends the death penalty for 683 people – including the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27186339

    nucking futz.

  14. 53 mtmarilyn
    April 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks NW for another fabulous R&S. This trip is so great to watch. PBO is a man above all others when it comes to diplomacy. Our msm is so bad they don’t want to understand this. I just love hearing the President put these idiots down without actually slapping them.

  15. 54 Vicki
    April 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Good news on the President getting his nominations through. Apparently Harry Reid has kept the flow of confirmations steady. Nuking the filibuster has paid off! A few every week the senate is in session. If I remember correctly there were 90+ nominations in the queue. Now down to 50 or so. Keep it up Harry and thank you.

  16. 56 amk for obama
    April 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    • 57 Nena20409
      April 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      I am glad for him, but he gamed the system.

      It cost him less than $27 bucks for a heart surgery over $100K. Why? His political foolishness. I am glad his story is now publicized. But the bottom line is that he learns a costly life threatening lesson.

      • 58 57andfemale
        April 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        And the reason we need healthy, young people to pay in is because of cases like this: wait until you’re sick and then sign up. That the evil GOP has convinced millions that Up is Down is astounding.

      • 59 vcprezofan2
        April 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Nena, I’m not sure what this …. has learnt. After all, wasn’t he still squawking about it not being political, yada, yada? Give him a couple years and he’ll probably convince himself he ‘built’ that.

  17. 63 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Lawd ha mercy I love watching My President walk! Mmm, mmm, mmh. :-)

  18. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    April 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    • 68 Nena20409
      April 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Hmm?

      My question is what is taking it so long? Sterling and family is that Mr. Sterling’s Voice?
      His wife and family Should Not be allowed to keep the team for they Know their estranged husband and father, especially, his racist views…..his views and his politics.

      • April 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        Hi Nena, given the situation I’m sure the NBA wanted to have highly skilled audio forensics experts perform appropriate analysis and confirm that not only are Donald Sterling and his girlfriend the participants in the conversation but also that the tape had not been edited in any way. The may also want sworn depositions from both Sterling and the girlfriend confirming that they indeed had the conversation just as it is recorded.

        Just my opinion but it’s not difficult to imagine the NBA acting to avoid potential litigation against it by Sterling, Sterling’s family, the girlfriend, etc.

  19. 70 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    John Oliver on his new HBO Last Week This Week Show, he talked about the Elections in India…….This is for Amk…..for he has been educating Us about the elections in some parts in India.

    CNN India was advertising it as one Billion Votes……… ;)

    John Oliver said it was 800M, but it is CNN :lol:

    It was funny, most of it. I am sure that some my dislike his NSA skit.

  20. 71 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    ROFL! I just noticed the band at the official welcoming ceremony is playing “Axel Foley” (the theme from Beverly Hills Cop) starting at 27:05

    Cool music for a cool President, I guess! :-D

  21. 74 Cindy
    April 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Good Beautiful Monday afternoon Chipsticks, Danny and TOD Family!
    I hope that “EVERYONE” had an AWESOME weekend, and enjoyed their time off from work (if possible).

    So sad to see the devastation from the tornados across the States.

    We never know when our goodbyes could really be our last goodbye; smile, laugh, love and enjoy “each precious day” that the good Lord gives to us all.

    Today is beautiful; you woke up, got up and have the use and activity of all of your limbs, roof over your head, food on the table, and clothes on your back…it’s a GOOD DAY……..GRACE.

    Have a job to go to (even if it’s not what you want), and have enough (or close) to pay your bills……it’s a GOOD DAY….MERCY.

    Your health is good (semi-good) and you can hear the birds chirping, see the green grass, and feel the cool air (hot)…it’s a GOOD DAY….LOVE.

    If you read the newspaper, and you didn’t see your name in the obituary column…….it’s not a good day, it’s a WONDERFUL, AWESOME and SPENDID DAY! Now this my friend is a BFD…….

    Now go out there and share the love, smile, give someone a hug and take time to LIVE!

    Blessings to you all on this DELICIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL DAY!

    WARMEST BLESSINGS AND HAPPY MONDAY!!! : )

  22. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    April 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Funny how things just pop out at ya.

  23. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    April 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      April 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Good. Using their bottom line for something good. Hope it lasts, expands, and has a huge impact.

  24. 79 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/pope-francis-inequality-root-of-social-evil

    Could I please get a twit help in having Pope’s tweet posted? Thanks.

  25. 83 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    http://news.yahoo.com/u-justice-department-collect-study-arrest-data-racial-160543037.html

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system.

    Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men.

    Black men were six times more likely, and Latino men were 2.5 times more likely, to be imprisoned than white men in 2012, according to Justice Department data.

  26. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    April 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    • 85 Dudette
      April 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      “There are actually some complimentary pieces as well about my foreign policy, but I’m not sure YOU ran them.”

      #BAM — I think I saw a trickle of blood run down from Ed’s right nostril. :-)

  27. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    April 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    BOOM. Love this administration.

  28. 87 vcprezofan2
    April 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Off to a follow-up visit with the neurologist – SYL! Behave yourselves, AND give the Pres an extra wave for me when he boards the plane for home.

  29. 89 57andfemale
    April 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Follow Michael Hiltzik if you’re not already doing so. He’s an excellent journalist.

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  31. 91 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  32. 92 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/watch-live-naacp-presser-donald-sterling

    Officials with the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP are expected to address Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist comments in a press conference Monday at 1 p.m. ET.

    • 93 Don
      April 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Why? Sterling was been pulling this crap for years, the NAACP had a chance a long time ago to deal with Sterling and nothing was done about it.

      • 94 Nena20409
        April 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

        My Guess?

        CYA.

        They should be ashamed of themselves.

        Remember how quickly the NAACP of Atlanta GA threw Shirley Sharrod(sp) under the bus? Some of these people truly need to do a better job from embarrassing what their organization’s Historical Creed has always stood for. When Andrew Brietbert made his charges, they should have informed Ben Jealous of the case. They didn’t in a timely manner and that was a problem.

        This is my recollection from what Donna Brazile said on CNN then.

    • 96 Dudette
      April 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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  34. 98 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Virgin America has pulled ties with the Clippers, Bid Ed reports.

  35. 100 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    So Donald Sterling asked the Girl Friend to tape him? And there are over 100 hrs of taped conversations for his reasoning was his inability to remember things?

    Oh Lord, No. They better not claim memory decease or something that will be the worst.

    And those on Sports channel talking about disruption with violence tomorrow at the Staples need to stop that…. truly bigoted mindset…. NOW!

    • 101 Layla
      April 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      I hope for his memory’s sake that ALL of his discussions during business transactions were taped also!

  36. April 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    “The rhetoric of superiority is failing and the hatred is exploding.
    I’d suggest there are two reasons for us to be clear about this. First of all, its important to note that the rhetoric of superiority is failing. People of color like President Obama, Justice Sonya Sotomayor and yes, Magic Johnson are demonstrating every day that they are the intellectual, political and business equals to white men. No longer confined to the fields of sports and entertainment, they are not only excelling at what they’re doing – they’re calling out the barriers that still exist (IOW, not playing the “good Negro” game). That threatens the whole fabric of white male entitlement”

  37. April 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    “Pavel Durov, the ousted founder of Russian social media website VKontakte, has taken to Facebook to celebrate the latest round of U.S. sanctions on Russia amid crisis in Ukraine.

    Durov fled Russia last week as Putin allies Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov took over Russia’s version of Facebook after Durov refused to hand over information about activists.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ousted-founder-of-russian-facebook-applauds-new-russia-sanctions-on-facebook-2014-4#ixzz30CfKY4g9

  38. 105 MightyPamela
    April 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Bye Now. Working. Very hard to tear myself away from all this goodness! Light em up for a safe flight home to us, PBO! Tho I do find great comfort in knowing the pilots and crew of AF1 are the most skillful and finest in the world! http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

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  40. 108 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Bob Costa(sp) said now that the Media must take part ….. in getting Sterling to sell the Clippers.

    No way this will wait like that racist who owned a MLB team. That one took years. This will take weeks. Tops.

  41. 111 Linda
    April 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    State Farm is a member of ALEC.

  42. 112 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Everyone make a statement in the way that’s right for them.

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      April 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Boggles the mind. As if we needed any more boggling from these nutjobs.

    • April 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Many years ago I participated in a boycott against Nestles concerning them giving out free formula in third world countries. When babies were born and given the free formula the mothers’ milk did not come in to nurse their babies. There was a scarcity of clean water to mix the formula. Once mothers needed the formula they could not afford it. They diluted the formula and babies died.

  43. 119 Linda
    April 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), who was caught kissing his staffer, will not seek re-election, his office told the News-Star.

  44. April 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    “So, the first stage has been completed – administration centers and the houses of Security Service in two big cities have been overrun. Let us proceed to the second stage. We are going to follow the same scheme, but now you need to split yourselves into smaller groups (30 to 60 people). These groups will attack police departments in small towns. You’ll get the name of your destination on your way to it. After we overrun a department, 20 to 30 local people we have recruited before will join you. They might bring you food. Give them guns, never mind if they don’t know how to use them. Anyway you will be the ones to use weapons if you feel need to do so.

    Everyone in the place knows these people, so they will be your “talking heads” and hostage where necessary. They have to speak out previously discussed requirements. Don’t show yourselves. Yours is a military deal. As you join these people and form the first defense line, you must inform us in order to spread information about the state affairs. We have enough people for that in a particular town, as well as throughout the region.

    Eventually curious and sympathizing people will start gathering around you. Among them you’ll meet our guys who must bring you all you need. First of all try to involve more people, convince them to stay with you. Distribute publicity materials. The “talking heads” have to provide you with them. Remember, you are just executors…

    …Pay special attention to women and kids. They are your voluntary shield.”

    Instructions for separatists in Eastern Ukraine intercepted: use women (and kids) as a voluntary shield

    http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/04/28/instructions-for-separatists-in-eastern-ukraine-intercepted-use-women-as-a-voluntary-shield/

  45. 126 JER
    April 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    LIVE NOW: VP Biden Speech at George Washington University – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  46. 127 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Add Car Max and AquaHydrate to the list of Clippers sponsors running for the hills!

    http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2014/04/28/3431383/state-farm-ends-sponsorship-of-los-angeles-clippers-after-owners-racist-comments/

  47. 129 Linda
    April 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    The Koch Brothers Used Cliven Bundy as Part Of Their Plan To Seize Public Land

    The Koch brothers’ paid ALEC to create several pieces of “model legislation” for Republican states to “demand that Congress extinguish title and government jurisdiction over public lands that are held in trust by the US federal government” such as ALEC’s “Eminent Domain Authority for Federal Lands Act.”

    In 2012 Utah’s Mormon governor, Bundy and ALEC supporter Gary Herbert signed “The Transfer of Public Lands Act” mandating the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management relinquish their domain to Utah Republicans no later than 2015 or the conservative Supreme Court will do it for them. It is important to remember that Cliven Bundy’s primary assertion was that the federal government had no right, or claim, to public land it had purchased from Mexico and why the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity and Republicans fell over themselves to support Bundy’s claim of “government overreach.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/28/koch-brothers-cliven-bundy-part-plan-seize-public-land.html


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