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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk in the Green Room of the White House before being introduced at a Joining Forces initiative employment announcement for veterans and military spouses, April 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern)

1:0 Jay Carney briefs the press

3:10: President Obama delivers remarks on the minimum wage

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Clyde Davis holds a sign before the NBA playoff game 5 between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, April 29

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NPR: Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses

Until recently, Mike Smith, 64, of Long Beach, Calif., worked 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then half a day on Saturday. He was a district manager for a national auto parts chain. He dreamed of retiring early, but it wasn’t an option for him because he and his wife relied on his the health insurance tied to his job. “At our age, with some pre-existing medical conditions, it would have been very costly to buy insurance on the open market — about $3,000 a month,” he says. But the Affordable Care Act changed that. Smith retired in January. So did his wife, Laura, also 64.

The couple now has a private health insurance policy that they bought through Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace. It costs them $200 a month. The coverage helped the Smiths make a major lifestyle change. A recent study by Georgetown University and the Urban Institute predicts the ACA will enable up to 1.5 million Americans to leave their jobs and become self-employed, start new businesses or retire early. It’s a finding that runs counter to forecasts by critics of the federal health law, who contend it will cost the nation jobs and cripple America’s small-business economy.

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Washington Post: Obamacare beneficiary: ‘You Wouldn’t Have Caught Me Dead Watching MSNBC’

The story of Dean Angstadt’s sudden embrace of Obamacare made MSNBC last night. Host Chris Hayes picked up on a heartwarming story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about a 57-year-old logger of Boyertown, Pa., who’d resisted signing up for Obamacare coverage but finally relented under the urging of a friend.  what accounts for Angstadt’s resistance to Obamacare in the first place? He says that he “leans” Republican and essentially listened to what the GOP had to say about Obamacare, and not so much to what the Democrats had to say.

As for his media diet, Anstadt says he goes online for some of his news, but when it comes to television, “Fox News, of course, and that’s basically what I watch on TV” Asked if Fox News had molded his view of Obamacare, Angstadt responded, “Yeah, yeah — they get people fired up. You know what, I really do have a different outlook on it. It’s really wrong that people are making it into a political thing. To me, it is a life-and-death thing.” Of Obamacare’s namesake, Angstadt says, “I didn’t care for Obama. I can’t say nothing bad about him now because it was his plan that probably saved my life.”

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ThinkProgress: GOP Lawmakers Confronted By Constituents Demanding To Know Why They Won’t Expand Medicaid

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a right-wing group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, has been aggressively pressuring states to reject Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion. Last fall, the organization launched a massive campaign that has focused mainly on Virginia. But the latest town hall meetings hosted by AFP in the state aren’t exactly going well. Over the past week, at several town halls intended to emphasize why Virginia shouldn’t expand Medicaid, GOP lawmakers have been confronted by constituents who are demanding to know why they’re denying health care from an estimated 400,000 low-income residents.

Last week, at an AFP-sponsored forum in Charlottesville featuring two GOP lawmakers who oppose the expansion, the event was packed with more than a hundred Medicaid supporters. Protesters gathered outside the building with signs encouraging passing cars to honk for Medicaid expansion, and a local outlet noted that the politicians faced a “hostile audience” inside, too. Then, on Monday, three Republicans were “deluged with questions” about their refusal to expand Medicaid at an AFP event in Ashburn

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Ari Berman: Federal Court Strikes Down Discriminatory Wisconsin Voter ID Law

At 2:17 pm EST today, ESPN announced that LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling had been banned from the NBA for life for his racist remarks. Seven minutes later, at 2:24 pm, the ACLU tweeted that a Wisconsin judge had struck down the state’s voter ID law because it disproportionately burdened black and Hispanic voters. Both decisions were striking affirmations of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent last week, in a Michigan affirmative action case, that “race matters.” Sotomayor pointed to contemporary voter suppression efforts as an illustration of her defense. Wisconsin federal district court Judge Lynn Adelman ruled today that the state’s voter ID law, which was temporarily enjoined in 2012, violated the Fourteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

The voter ID law had a clear discriminatory impact, the judge found. “The evidence adduced at trial demonstrates that this unique burden disproportionately impacts Black and Latino voters,” Adelman wrote. Data from the 2012 election “showed that African American voters in Wisconsin were 1.7 times as likely as white voters to lack a matching driver’s license or state ID and that Latino voters in Wisconsin were 2.6 times as likely as white voters to lack these forms of identification.” The judge found that Wisconsin’s ID law overwhelmingly impacted lower-income voters and that “Blacks and Latinos in Wisconsin are disproportionately likely to live in poverty…. The reason Blacks and Latinos are disproportionately likely to live in poverty, and therefore to lack a qualifying ID, is because they have suffered from, and continue to suffer from, the effects of discrimination.”

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Steve Benen: House GOP leaders Scramble After Accidentally Telling The Truth

With a tip of the hat to Michael Kinsley, it appears half the House Republican leadership committed gaffes in recent days by accidentally telling the truth. They’re now scrambling to reverse course.

Late last week, for example, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the chair of the House Republican Conference, conceded to her local newspaper that the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to be repealed. Though she wants to “look at reforming the exchanges,” the local report added that McMorris Rodgers “said the framework established by the law likely will persist and reforms should take place within its structure.”

This was a perfectly sensible position for a House GOP leader to take. Yesterday, the congresswoman’s office assured the right she has no use for such reasonableness.

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Washington Post: White House Opens Door To Tolls On Interstate Highways, Removing Long-Standing Prohibition

With pressure mounting to avert a transportation funding crisis this summer, the Obama administration Tuesday opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs. The proposal, contained in a four-year, $302 billion White House transportation bill, would reverse a long-standing federal prohibition on most interstate tolling. Though some older segments of the network — notably the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes and Interstate 95 in Maryland and Virginia — are toll roads, most of the 46,876-mile system has been toll-free. “We believe that this is an area where the states have to make their own decisions,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We want to open the aperture, if you will, to allow more states to choose to make broader use of tolling, to have that option available.”

The question of how to pay to repair roadways and transit systems built in the heady era of post-World War II expansion is demanding center stage this spring, with projections that traditional funding can no longer meet the need. That source, the Highway Trust Fund, relies on the 18.4-cent federal gas tax, which has eroded steadily as vehicles have become more energy efficient. “The proposal comes at the crucial moment for transportation in the last several years,” Foxx said. “As soon as August, the Highway Trust Fund could run dry. States are already canceling or delaying projects because of the uncertainty.” While providing tolling as an option to states, the White House proposal relies on funding from a series of corporate tax reforms, most of them one-time revenue streams that would provide a four-year bridge to close the trust-fund deficit and permit $150 billion more in spending than the gas tax will bring in.

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Lindsey Bever: Botched Oklahoma Execution Reignites Death Penalty Debate

Tuesday night’s botched execution in Oklahoma, which resulted in an inmate’s writhing death from a heart attack 43 minutes after he received what was supposed to be a lethal injection, was just one in a series of bungled execution attempts the past few years. It’s prompting calls for a moratorium on capital punishment from death penalty opponents. The inmate, Clayton Lockett, was confirmed unconscious 10 minutes after the first dose in the state’s new three-drug protocol was administered. The first drug, midazolam, is intended to render a person unconscious. But three minutes later, he began breathing heavily, thrashing and straining to lift his head, media witnesses said. Reporters for Tulsa World and KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City said Lockett called out from the gurney, “man.”

The blinds were then lowered to prevent people in the viewing gallery from seeing inside the death chamber. Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton answered a ringing phone and left the room with a few officials. Patton told reporters Lockett’s vein line had “blown.” When asked what he meant, Patton said the vein had “exploded.” Executions have become increasingly difficult for states to carry out over the past two years because of similar incidents. Licensed physicians are now unwilling to have anything to do with them on ethical grounds. Pharmaceutical companies that market the most tested drugs have cut off supplies, forcing states to obtain compounds they refuse to describe from suppliers they refuse to identify. Now the battle concerns not who dies, but how they die, and the competence of states to carry out executions humanely.

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Charles Pierce: Another Win For Voting Rights

There is so little good news on the voter-suppression front these days that, when some actually rears its head, it catches you somewhat by surprise, even more so when it cites what everybody knows about these laws, but what many people have to pretend they can’t figure out.

…. There will be appeals. There also may be an attempt to push another, similar bill through the legislature by Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. But, for now, something resembling the state’s proud progressive history has prevailed.

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Mike Florio: Sterling’s Lifetime Ban Sends Clear Message To All Owners

By banning L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, Adam Silver has made the jobs a little easier for his colleagues in the Commissioners’ Club. Every owner of every major-league franchise, in the NBA or elsewhere, now knows that views like those espoused by Sterling will result in swift and decisive action.

How could Commissioner Roger Goodell do anything less with an NFL owner, now that Silver has set the precedent in a different sport? With Goodell developing in his seven-plus years on the job a reputation for aggressively enforcing all rules and policies against the league’s players, it would be virtually impossible for Goodell to not drop the hammer on an NFL owner who engages in similar conduct.

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Forbes: Here’s How Obama’s Russia Sanctions Will Destroy Vladimir Putin

The US Treasury Department announced further sanctions today on seven Russian officials and 17 Russian companies, including Igor Sechin, the head of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, several financial institutions and a number of firms connected to the energy sector.  These will include visa bans, asset freezes and further restrictions on trade.

When the first round of sanctions were imposed, the Russians largely laughed them off and critics of the administration pounced.  How could visa bans and asset freezes affect the calculus of Putin’s most ardent supporters?  What effect will it have on the ones don’t travel extensively the West or keep assets in foreign banks?

Yet this line of reasoning betrays a deep misunderstanding about the purpose and effects of the sanctions.  They are, in fact, a new breed of financial warfare that the Treasury department has been honing since 9/11, which rely on new legislation such as Section 311 of the Patriot Act and “know your customer” banking rules.

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Anthony Man: Looking For Complaints, Rick Scott Instead Finds Praise For Obamacare

Gov. Rick Scott visited a senior center Tuesday to warn about cuts he said Obamacare is forcing in a popular version of the Medicare health program and to collect their horror stories. What he found was a satisfied group with few complaints. The 20 seniors assembled for a roundtable with Scott at the Volen Center were largely content with their Medicare coverage and didn’t have negative stories to recount. And some praised Obamacare – a program that Scott frequently criticizes. “I’m completely satisfied,” Harvey Eisen, 92, a West Boca resident, told Scott. Eisen told the governor he wasn’t sure “if, as you say,” there are Obamacare-inspired cuts to Medicare. But even if there are, that would be OK. “I can’t expect that me as a senior citizen are going to get preferential treatment when other programs are also being cut.”

Ruthlyn Rubin, 66, of Boca Raton, told the governor that people who are too young for Medicare need the health coverage they get from Obamacare. If young people don’t have insurance, she said, everyone else ends up paying for their care when they get sick or injured and end up in the hospital. Eventually, Rubin said, Obamacare will become more popular. “People were appalled at Social Security. They were appalled at Medicare when it came out. I think these major changes take some people aback. But I think we have to be careful not to just rely on the fact that we’re seniors and have an entitlement to certain things,” she said. “We’re all just sitting here taking it for granted that because we have Medicare we don’t want to lose one part of it. That’s wrong to me. I think we have to spread it around. This is the United States of America. It’s not the United States of senior citizens,” Rubin said from her spot two seats away from the governor.

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Washington Post: Virginia Attorney General Declares ‘Dreamers ‘ Eligible For In-State Tuition

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring thrust himself and his state back into the national spotlight Tuesday by announcing that some illegal immigrants who were brought to this country as children can qualify for in-state college tuition under existing law. Herring made the announcement at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus just a few months after the legislature declined to enact the idea and on the heels of another brazen legal move in January, when he declared that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. “We should welcome these smart, talented, hard-working young people into our economy and society rather than putting a stop sign at the end of 12th grade,” Herring (D) said Tuesday to sustained applause and cheers from a room full of Latino students, immigration activists and education officials.

Announced in Spanish, Hindi, Vietnamese and Korean in addition to English, Herring’s move built upon President Obama’s decision to allow thousands of young illegal immigrants to remain in the country. Virginia students who are lawfully present in the United States as a result of Obama’s effort, which is known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, qualify for in-state tuition as long as they meet the state’s residency requirements, Herring said. Herring’s decision was far more than symbolic, instantly making college more affordable for more than 8,000 young illegal immigrants. The attorney general said state universities will immediately implement the policy, which comes just in time for high school seniors trying to make college plans for the fall.

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Suzanne Gamboa: Can You Trust Obama To Police Immigration? Report: Yes You Can

House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that moving ahead on immigration reform depends on the President showing he’s enforcing the law, which authors of an enforcement analysis said he has done. In his first news conference since Congress returned from a two-week break, Boehner said the biggest impediment on immigration reform is that Obama has “got to show the American people and the Congress he can implement the law the way it may be passed.” As Boehner made the statement, the Migration Policy Institute unveiled an analysis concluding Obama has built on enforcement policies of previous administrations and accelerated them, while trying to focus on border security and deportations of criminals.

In addition, some 250 evangelical pastors from 25 states also seemed reluctant to wait for more evidence on Obama’s trustworthiness. On Tuesday they were in Washington, D.C. visiting more than 100 members of Congress, mostly Republicans, and pushing for movement on immigration reform. Immigration hawks have criticized Obama’s record because of a drop in the number of immigrants apprehended in the interior of the U.S. Some have also opposed Obama’s decision to extend relief from deportation to young immigrants who are in the country illegally.“ If you are looking to critique the administration, you can find certain people are not crossing ICE’s radar and not being deported and that’s because the administration is focusing efforts mostly at the border,” said Rosenbaum, who served on Obama’s transition team on immigration.

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Coral Davenport: Justices Back Rule Limiting Coal Pollution

In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 28 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast. The 6-to-2 ruling bolsters the centerpiece of President Obama’s environmental agenda: a series of new regulations aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants. Republicans and the coal industry have criticized the regulations, which use the Clean Air Act as their legal authority, as a “war on coal.” The industry has waged an aggressive legal battle to undo the rules.

Legal experts said the decision, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, signals that the Obama administration’s efforts to use the Clean Air Act to fight global warming could withstand legal challenges. In June, the E.P.A. is expected to propose a sweeping new Clean Air Act regulation to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping greenhouse gas that scientists say is the chief cause of climate change. Coal plants are the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

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Reuters: U.S. Consumer Confidence Rebounds To Pre-Crisis Levels In First Quarter

U.S. consumer sentiment rose sharply in the first quarter as optimism about the economic outlook improved, according to a global survey which also showed rising confidence in debt-laden euro zone countries. Globally, consumer confidence returned to pre-financial crisis levels in the first three months of this year, at its highest since the first quarter of 2007, the survey by global information and insights company Nielsen showed on Wednesday.

The Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index rose 2 points in the first quarter to 96, according to the survey, conducted between February 17 and March 7. A reading below 100, however, signals still relatively low consumer morale. Consumer confidence in the United States hit the 100 mark, rising 6 points from the previous quarter, and 44 percent of respondents said they were putting spare cash into savings accounts, up from 39 percent in the previous quarter. “Recovery gained forward momentum in the U.S. as the world’s largest economy reported improving unemployment numbers and rising equity and home prices,” said Venkatesh Bala, chief economist at The Cambridge Group, a part of Nielsen.

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First Lady Michelle Obama poses for a selfie with a member of the audience after participating in a Joining Forces initiative event with service members, military spouses, and employers at the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at Fort Campbell, Ky., April 23, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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On This Day

President Obama gets a hug from Angelica Guarino, whose fiance was one of the participants in the “White House to Light House” Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride that took place moments before on the South Lawn of the White House, April 30, 2009

President Obama shakes hands with Marines attending the “White House to Light House” Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, April 30, 2009

President Obama, surrounded by members of Congress and Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White (2nd R), signs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS treatment extension act of 2009 in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington on October 30, 2009. The act is the largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. It was named in honor of Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a tainted hemophilia treatment in 1984 and became a well-known advocate for AIDS research and awareness, until his death on April 8, 1990

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets hostesses at the annual Congressional Club Luncheon at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama talks with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, following a health care meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, April 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama leans against the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, April, 30, 2010.(Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama looks through binoculars as he tours the Secret Service’s James J. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Md., April 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama disembarks Marine One after he arrived on the South Lawn of the White House, April 30, 2010

President Obama meets with Bono to discuss development policy in the Oval Office, April 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama laughs with, from left, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Associate Director of Speechwriting Jonathan Lovett, and Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau, while reading a draft of his remarks for the White House Correspondents Association dinner, in the Outer Oval Office, April 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait backstage before being introduced at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2011. Press Lead Advance Brandon Lepow and Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, right, stand with the President and First Lady (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondents Association Gala, April 30, 2011

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President Obama and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan wait in the Green Room of the White House before the start of their press conference in the East Room, April 30, 2012 ( Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House at a Joining Forces initiative employment announcement for veterans and military spouses, April 30, 2013

President Obama during a press conference in the Brady Press Room at the White House, April 30, 2013

President Obama and Vice President Biden talk with advisors following a National Security Staff meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2013. Clockwise from the President are: Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; and Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor (Photo by Pete Souza)

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118 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    April 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Almost!

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      April 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Lucky lunch break look-in? ….Maybe.

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      April 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Squeeeeee, not knocked out yet! :) :)

      Morning, TOBDobots! I have about 30 mins to see what’s cooking before heading back to work. What are the odds at peeking in at such an opportune moment? Maybe I better buy a lottery ticket on the way home this afternoon – not enough time to stop on the way back. :)

    • 4 Judith Fardig
      April 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

      You’re good, VC!

  2. 5 africa
    April 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers!

    Thanks, NW for great R&S

    VC, congrats on 1st.

  3. April 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Absolutely wonderful Nerdy – again, sooooo many issues covered, thank you for all your work, just brilliant.

  4. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

  5. 16 57andfemale
    April 30, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I am breathless with anticipation:

    “Patrick Stewart has a new, two-year mission: to boldly go where Stephen Colbert has gone before.
    The former Star Trek: The Next Generation captain will play an opinionated British TV host bent on civilizing America from behind his cable news desk in Starz’s Blunt Talk, the network announced Tuesday.”

    • 17 57andfemale
      April 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

      beside myself with joy.

      • 18 MightyPamela
        April 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        I’m right beside you with joy, 57, altho I don’t have cable, or watch teepee, I have had a mad crush on Patrick Stewart ever since forever!! He always had so much more class than old womanizer James t Kirk!

        • 19 57andfemale
          April 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

          I’ve had a crush on him since I, Claudius in the 70’s. It took me most of the first season of TNG to not see him as the sexiest villain alive.

          I have on DVD some master classes on Shakespeare that he did with some of the great actors of our time. I think it’s no longer available, and I treasure it.

          Plus, he’s a great liberal.

          • 20 MightyPamela
            April 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

            From 1969 – 1988, I traveled and lived in 4 different countries, never had a television set. Once I settled a bit to raise my daughter, I got a small telly, but never had cable. Though I watched several episodes of ST-TNG, I am sure I missed more than I’ve seen! Didn’t take me long to focus on the most charismatic character. Maybe when I’m old and if all I can do is sit in a chair, I will catch up on 40+ years of missing everything people talk about and refer to! (but maybe not)

            • 21 57andfemale
              April 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

              Live life instead of being in front of a tv. That being said, I spend way too much time in front of the tube, but I do gravitate to educational, political and artistic choices. I don’t have any stupid guilty pleasures. I may have some tv guilty pleasures, but I assure you they are NOT stupid!

        • 24 MightyPamela
          April 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

          *teeVee! HeeHee!

  6. 25 Linda
    April 30, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a law that requires drug testing for Welfare recipients……….

    He did the same for unemployment recipients a couple years ago and it failed miserably ………no one tested positive.

  7. April 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  8. 30 Desertflower
    April 30, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Oh man! What a feast! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

  9. 34 mtmarilyn
    April 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Good morning TODville! It is a beautiful morning in MT. High today of 72. So ready for spring to break out all over. Thank you for the great R&S. Love all these stories about the folks loving the ACA and voter’s rights still standing. There is still much to be worked on. We must get out to vote.

    JOB, Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Have a great day!

  10. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

  11. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    So nice when all the President’s men and women can say what they want, after they leave the White House, to stand by their (our) man!

  12. 47 Judith Fardig
    April 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Who is this year’s comic at the WHCD who will attempt to be half as funny as President Obama?

  13. April 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

    #TraitorSnowden wants to come home …..

  14. April 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

    • 59 Linda
      April 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Fox News Alert !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      PBO bows to children in foreign country !

      • 60 anniebella
        April 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

        Linda I saw that picture and thought the same thing. Right wing says President of the United States bow to Chinese children, like he bow to Chinese robot..

  15. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

  16. 64 99ts
    April 30, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Pierce seems to be lost for words – as he repeatedly uses the same two words while describing the Governor of Oklahoma and her recent actions. He sounds close to an implosion of unknown impact.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/oklahoma-botched-executions-043014

    “Barbarians In Oklahoma” (the polite description)

    • 65 carolyn
      April 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for this link, 99ts. Last night I wrote Fallin expressing my absolute disgust, I wrote the NBC affiliate channel, and this morning I wrote our daily paper, and yes, I used barbaric and barbarism in my letters.
      I also read the comments after Pierce’s article. One person said he copied and pasted Pierce’s entire piece and sent it to Mary Fallin….she has an easy Contact the Governor email link. Several others jumped on that and are going to do it also…..flood her email box with this article. She hasn’t heard the last of this.
      Several commenters were thoughtful to spare kind thoughts for those of us who did not vote for her but live here.

      • 66 99ts
        April 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

        Hi Carolyn – I missed your reply last night (my time)

        I gather Fallin has a 70% approval & the ghouls will no doubt think she is “hard on criminals” after this event.

        What she did in rejecting the court issue is truly amazing – cannot believe that didn’t generate a massive protest.

        She could have trouble after this latest – so I do hope you and your friends who are living through this horror get something positive from it all at some time in the future.

  17. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

  18. 70 africa
    April 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

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  21. 83 Paulita
    April 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

    What a feast Nerdy! It’s gonna take a while to digest. Thanks for the spread – lots of meat and potatoes and candy!! Now I understand why Chip’s kitchen looks like it does. The chefs leave no stone (pots & pans) unturned. :)

  22. 85 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    54 to 80% polling in 7th phase of elections here.

  23. 86 Nena20409
    April 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Good Wednesday to all TODers ;)

    What can I say…….You have it Covered Nerdy Wonka. Thank you.
    Congrats VC for your GOLD!

    See you all later.

  24. 88 africa
    April 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  25. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Pete Souza The Great has done it again.

  26. 90 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Are all those green gals irish?

  27. 92 jackiegrumbacher
    April 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Nerdy, fantastic R&S. I am very grateful for the Forbes link since I’ve been trying to understand the significance of the latest round of sanctions. Now it all makes sense. Thank you a million times!!!!!

    • 93 Paulita
      April 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      8-) JackieG! S’up girl. I see thru my new shades you’re up and dancing already… well Happy B’Day and rock steady, party hearty, and get down get down (aint it funky now).

      Trying out a new alter ego with the shades.

    • April 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Don’t know if you saw my birthday greetings in the previous thread, Jackie, so just want to be sure …. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :)

  28. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  29. 98 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Spanish police say they have arrested a spectator suspected of throwing a banana at Barcelona’s Brazilian footballer Dani Alves last weekend.

    The racist incident took place as the player was about to take a corner in a match at Villarreal on Sunday.

    Alves responded by peeling and eating the banana – which received praise worldwide and sparked a large social media campaign against racism.

    The man detained has been identified as a 26-year-old Villarreal supporter.

    He has been named as David Campaya Lleo, local media say.

    The club said earlier the man involved had had his season ticket withdrawn and been given a lifetime ban.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27222240

  30. 99 JER
    April 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    LIVE NOW: Vice President Biden Speaks at the Atlantic Council’s Special Tribute to NATO and the European Union – http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-3

  31. 101 dotster3
    April 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    GOP disgusting—-again/still……

    • April 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    • 103 Ladyhawke
      April 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      “REPUBLICAN-LED” FILIBUSTER BLOCKS (FILL IN THE BLANK)

      How refreshing, a factual headline. Instead of saying ‘the senate’ fails to pass minimum wage bill you actually report the facts. More Republican Party obstruction. Now was that so hard NYT? This time it is minimum wage but the list of Republican-Led Filibusters is unprecedented.

      • 104 57andfemale
        April 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

        I was taken aback by that headline as well. I’m so used to seeing, “Senate blocks……” It was so factual, it literally surprised me.

    • 105 Nena20409
      April 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      I hope Dems make it a Talking Filibuster. Expose the mofos and also educate the US public.

  32. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  33. 108 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    • April 30, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Coming very late to the blog….but I must tell you how I appreciate your activism….and how such an important role it plays in keeping us moving forward….that is not just hyberbole…it is a fact….

      like this article….that explains just HOW the financial sanctions will work against Putin and his allies….

      this passage from the article says so much….about the US financial markets and it pivotal role in the world…..

      “What many people don’t realize is just how pervasive the US financial system is. If, for example, Mr. Yakunin wanted to buy a nice vacation house in Dubai. He’d have to pay for it somehow. Yet to transfer the money, he would need to use a bank and that’s where things get difficult. Every financial institution needs a correspondent banking relationship with a US entity in order to do business.”

      ************************

      In addition….I read yesterday…I think it was posted by BOB…about the dangerous people surrounding Putin…. I pray that The Creator protects our President and his family….we may not realize it…but PBO is treading in very dangerous waters….I pray for his safety every day…

  34. 112 57andfemale
    April 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  35. April 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    “The International Monetary Fund has cut its 2014 growth forecast for Russia to 0.2 percent from 1.3 percent and sees capital outflow of $100 billion this year, the IMF’s mission chief to Russia said on Wednesday.

    Antonio Spilimbergo also told reporters that international sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine were hurting the Russian economy and threatened investment.”

    #TrustBarack

  36. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  37. 115 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Europe’s top court has rejected the UK’s challenge to the introduction of an EU financial transactions tax (FTT), which ministers have said will damage British firms.

    The EU’s Court of Justice described the UK’s challenge as premature, since the details of the tax had not been finalised.

    The FTT will be adopted by 11 EU states, but not by Britain.

    The UK said it was prepared to take further legal action.
    Continued challenge

    “The government is determined to continue to ensure that the interests of countries outside of the single currency, but inside the single market, are properly protected,” a UK Treasury spokesman said.

    The levy, often described as a Tobin tax or “Robin Hood” tax, aims to raise public funds and discourage speculative trading by taxing the transactions of shares, currencies and bonds.

    Of the 27 EU member states, the 11 going ahead with the FTT are Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia and Estonia.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27218615

  38. 116 Nena20409
    April 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Hon Jay “Clark Kent” Carney is Now LIVE at the Podium

    WH 4-30-14

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-193

  39. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm


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