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Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac with Vice President Joe Biden prior to departure from Fort Campbell, Ky., May 6, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern)

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:45: President Obama is interviewed by local and national meteorologists participating in “Weather from the White House”

4:15: Meets with Secretary of State Kerry

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The Week Ahead

Wednesday: Travels to Los Angeles to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

Thursday: Participates in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event. The President will then travel to San Jose where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.

Friday: Participates in an event on energy in the San Jose area. Following the event the President will return to Washington, DC.

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Kathleen O’Brien: Final Tally Is 162K For New Jersey Obamacare Enrollment

The number of New Jersey residents who enrolled in Affordable Care Act insurance plans more than doubled in the final month before the deadline, bringing the total who signed up from the Garden State to roughly 162,000. More than 80 percent received a federal subsidy to help pay for their policies, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today.

Another 98,000 New Jersey residents selected coverage through the newly expanded state Medicaid program. One New Jersey health policy expert called the last-minute surge “nothing less than astounding.” It meant the state exceeded the goal set by public-health experts, said Jon Whiten, deputy director of New Jersey Policy Perspective, a think tank that supports health care reform.

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Juliet Eilperin: For President Obama, A Renewed Focus On Climate

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year. “It was a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment,” recalled White House counselor John D. Podesta, one of two aides who briefed the president that February day. Obama mentioned the images several times as he warned the governors that political leaders had no choice but to cope with global warming’s impact. He is regularly briefed on scientific reports on the issue, including a national climate assessment that he will help showcase Tuesday. He is using his executive authority to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and is moving ahead with stricter fuel-efficiency standards for the heaviest trucks. And while he routinely brings up climate change in closed-door meetings with world leaders, according to his aides, he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters. “This is really real for him, in terms of what he’s leaving,” said Cecilia Muñoz, who directs the White House Domestic Policy Council and has helped coordinate federal investment in climate-resilient infrastructure projects. “This is personal for him.”

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As president, Obama enacted the first carbon limits for cars and light-duty trucks and helped push through a House bill that would have imposed a national limit on greenhouse gas emissions. Obama has remained wary of some of the risks stemming from hydraulic fracturing, including the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. When the subject of natural gas came up during a Nov. 30, 2012, meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Obama turned to Holdren and his deputy assistant for energy and climate change, Heather Zichal. “Do we have an accurate accounting of methane emissions, and do we have a problem there?” Zichal recalled the president asking. The White House announced a new methane strategy — which will include additional federal regulations — in March. After his reelection, Obama told chief speechwriter Jon Favreau to make climate change “one of the big sections” in his second inaugural address, Favreau recalled. The move surprised even some of his closest aides.

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Tara Culp-Ressler: New Study Confirms That Health Reform Can Save Lives

The mortality rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after the state enacted health care reform in 2006, according to a new study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Since Massachusetts’ health law relies on many of the same policies as the Affordable Care Act, the findings suggest that Obamacare could help save thousands of lives once it’s fully implemented. That suggests that for every 830 people who gained insurance, one death was prevented.

And perhaps unsurprisingly, the researchers found that that health reform had a particularly significant impact in the areas of Massachusetts with previously high rates of poverty and uninsurance; the mortality rate decline was steepest there. Although life expectancy for Americans as a whole has been on the rise, widening income inequality and deepening health disparities have ensured that poor people’s lives are actually getting shorter. This study suggests that Obamacare has the potential to help reverse that trend — but that’s only possible in the states that agree to fully implement the law.

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Brian Beutler: The D.C. Press Corps Is Suffering From Benghazi Stockholm Syndrome

Last week, after Republicans pivoted to Benghazi in unison, The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein observed an interesting phenomenon. When it came time to put White House press secretary Jay Carney in the hot seat, reporters for smaller outlets—whose correspondents are consigned to the back rows of the briefing room—were interested in real, unfolding dramas: Ukraine, the Affordable Care Act, the Snowden disclosures, and so on. But when Carney moved to the big-name journalists at the front of the room, the only thing anyone seemed to care about was Benghazi And that raises an interesting question, because in covering the story as a political scandal, just as Republicans want them to, the only scalps the media has really collected are their own.

 CBS suspended Lara Logan after “60 Minutes” aired, and later had to retract, her Benghazi feature; Sharyl Attkisson resigned from the same network, charging her former colleagues with liberal bias—reportedly because they didn’t adequately promote her Benghazi coverage; and ABC’s Jonathan Karl had to apologize last year after he passed along an inaccurate summation of then-unreleased White House Benghazi emails. The administration had granted members of Congress access to the emails in classified briefings, and the source who provided Karl the summary (presumably a Republican) had either taken poor notes, or intentionally misconstrued their contents, to make it appear as if the White House had thumbed the scales in the inter-agency dispute over how to address the attacks publicly.

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Terence McCoy: The Man Behind The Nigerian Girls’ Kidnappings And His Death-Defying Mystique

No one knows how old he is. Some say 35. Some say 36. Others think he’s 44. Twice he was believed dead, and twice he reemerged to conduct an even broader campaign of killing and terror that made him one of the most wanted men in the world.
His name is Abubakar Shekau. He is the leader of Boko Haram. And he has your girls. “I abducted the girls at a Western education school,” Shekau proclaimed on Monday in a video, clutching a rifle among several masked men.

“And you are disturbed. I said Western education should end. … I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell; he commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”
Shekau, who has a $7 million bounty on his head, grinned a mouth of white teeth.

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Sabrina Tavernise: Mortality Drop Seen To Follow ’06 Health Law

The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country’s first experiment with universal coverage — and the model for crucial parts of President Obama’s health care law — has saved lives, health economists say. The study tallied deaths in Massachusetts from 2001 to 2010 and found that the mortality rate — the number of deaths per 100,000 people —

fell by about 3 percent in the four years after the law went into effect. The decline was steepest in counties with the highest proportions of poor and previously uninsured people. In contrast, the mortality rate in a control group of counties similar to Massachusetts in other states was largely unchanged. A national 3 percent decline in mortality among adults under 65 would mean about 17,000 fewer deaths a year.

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Peter Schroeder: Holder: No Bank Is ‘Too Big To Jail’

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday he is personally overseeing investigations into major banks, and is working with regulators as those probes enter a “key” stage. The Obama administration’s top attorney emphasized that no institution or individual is powerful or influential enough to escape capture, and that the notion of “too big to jail” is a myth. “There is no such thing as ‘too big to jail,’” he said in a video message posted on the Justice Department’s website. “To be clear, no individual or company, no matter how large or how profitable, is above the law.” Holder said in his new message that his team is working closely with financial regulators to mitigate those potential risks, clearing the way for criminal charges if the case can be made.

Holder said Monday that there are times when an institution’s behavior was wrong, but not necessarily illegal. Furthermore, sometimes it can appear that a bank broke the law, but is not backed by evidence permissible in court. Nonetheless, Holder underlined that when banks do break the law, his department will not hesitate to bring forward the case. On that front, he said the Justice Department has made “great strides” in coordinating with financial regulators to address potential economic risks from criminal charges, including the revocation of a bank’s charter to do business in the United States. The Justice Department is reportedly examining BNP Paribas for evading U.S. sanctions, and Credit Suisse for helping Americans evade taxes.

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Noam N. Levey: Health Insurance Reduces Deaths, New Massachusetts Study Shows

Giving more people health insurance could save tens of thousands of lives nationwide in the coming years, a new analysis of data from Massachusetts, whose trailblazing reforms became the model for President Obama’s health law, suggests. Throughout the national debate over the Affordable Care Act, critics of the law have questioned whether expanding coverage actually results in better health. The new analysis by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Urban Institute adds to the growing evidence that health coverage does make people healthier.

Mortality rates in Massachusetts measurably improved compared with similar places around the country after the state began guaranteeing its residents health coverage in 2006, the researchers found. A similar trend is emerging nationally, as surveys indicate millions have gained coverage since state marketplaces created by the federal law opened in October. A nationwide Gallup poll released Monday showed the percentage of working-age adults without coverage dropped from 18% last fall to 13.4% in April.

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Steven Dennis: Obama Backs Shinseki Amid Calls To Resign

The White House is backing Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after he faced calls to resign Monday over allegations that veterans died waiting for care in Phoenix and other problems in his department. “As the President said last week, we take the allegations around the Phoenix situation very seriously,” said Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman. “That’s why he immediately directed Secretary Shinseki to investigate, and Secretary Shinseki has also invited the independent Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General to conduct a comprehensive review,” he said.

“We must ensure that our nation’s veterans get the benefits and services that they deserve and have earned. The President remains confident in Secretary Shinseki’s ability to lead the Department and to take appropriate action based on the IG’s findings.” Earlier Monday, the American Legion called on Shinseki to resign, although the Veterans of Foreign Wars declined to do so. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., the chairman of the House Veterans’ Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, called on Shinseki to resign “due to chronic mismanagement and systemic failures of the VA under his leadership, ranging from dramatic cost overruns in major construction projects to glaring patient safety problems,” according to a press release.

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Isaac Chotiner: Ron Fournier Attacks Paul Krugman, Embarrasses Self

I know it’s cruel to pick on people who are ill, but in Ron Fournier’s case an exception must be made. Fournier is currently ailing from a condition known as bipartisanship (medical name: vacuousness), which manifests itself when another person expresses a thought that can be deemed partisan. For example, on Monday Paul Krugman wrote a column castigating Republicans for releasing a biased report on whether people were paying their Obamacare premiums. (TPM: “Nearly 40 percent of Obamacare enrollees signed up after March 15—which means their first premium wasn’t due until after the committee finished collecting its data.”) Krugman scolded the GOP and expressed outrage that the Party was so dishonest.

The effect of this was to trigger one of Fournier’s symptoms: writing silly responses to people like Krugman. Fournier begins by agreeing with Krugman’s contention that the GOP is dishonest. Fournier provides no evidence that the White House could get accurate figures, and in any case it’s failure to do so is not an example of “skewing the truth.” Moreover, there will presumably be accurate figures after the end of May, which is when people who enrolled will have to pay up

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Danny Vinik: Republicans Still Don’t Have A Jobs Plan, But Americans Think They Do

A Pew Research-USA Today survey released on Monday finds that Americans’ number one priority remains jobs. And yet, while Democrats have fought for increased government spending to boost the recovery, Americans are planning to reward Republicans in November—even though they have still not offered a credible jobs plan. And while the recovery certainly could be much stronger, its weakness is the result of Republican obstruction, not the Democratic agenda.

In the debate over whether to apply fiscal or monetary stimulus, the GOP chooses neither. Facing a massive hole in aggregate demand, Republicans have offered the same supply-side agenda as always: tax cuts, spending cuts, and deregulation. These are not macroeconomic policies for filling a short-term hole in demand and spurring a recovery. Only after the economy returns to sustainable, full employment—something we haven’t achieved in nearly 20 years—should we look at supply-side policies to boost growth.

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Jonathan Cohn: More Good News For Obamacare: It May Be Saving Lives After All

It also suggests the health care law, implemented effectively, could save thousands of lives a year. The subject of the new paper is the Massachusetts health care reform scheme, signed into law by then-Governor Mitt Romney, that took effect in 2007. It is an obvious subject for research, because it looks just like Obamacare and it succeeded in reducing the number of uninsured, just as Obamacare seems to be doing. The change made a big difference. Subsequent studies showed that, as more people got insurance, fewer people struggled with medical bills and more people got regular medical care. But while hospitalizations for preventable conditions came down and people reported that they felt better, those findings didn’t fully address the question of how insurance was affecting health. Enter three well-credentialed, well-respected health care economists—Benjamin Sommers (who’s also a physician) and Katherine Baicker, from the Harvard School of Public Health; and Sharon Long, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute.

The trio obtained figures on mortality and, better still, they were able to isolate causes of mortality “amenable to health care.” In other words, they were able to get data on cancers, various cardiac problems, and other conditions that, with better medical care, people should be more likely to survive. Then they compared how the people in Massachusetts fared relative to groups of people from around New England, who were similar in almost every meaningful way—age, income, and so on—except that they lived in states where similar expansions of health insurance were not underway. The results were clear. In those other places, outside of Massachusetts, the death rate from “amenable” causes went down by only a little bit and the overall death rate actually increased a tad. But in Massachusetts, deaths overall and deaths from “amenable” causes both went down—significantly. The authors calculated that, for every 830 people who got insurance in Massachusetts, about one person avoided a premature death.

That’s a big payoff and it suggests Obamacare might have one, too. If millions of additional Americans end up with health insurance because of the law, as now seems likely, it would mean that at least a few thousand are going to live longer. And the number could get pretty high. A story in the New York Times suggested 17,000 would be a good guess. Harold Pollack has done some back-of-the-envelope math for healthinsurance.org and concluded the number could be as high as 24,000.

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On This Day

Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave to the crowd after Obama delivered election night remarks after winning the North Carolina Primary at a rally at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh on May 6, 2008

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President Obama with Afghan President Karzai and Pakistan President Zardari walk along the Colonnade following a US-Afghan-PakistanTrilateral meeting in Cabinet Room May 6, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama meets in the Rose Garden of the White House with, from left, Susan Davies, deputy counsel to the President, Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for legislative affairs, Ron Klain, chief of staff to the Vice President, and Bob Bauer, counsel to the President, regarding the pending Supreme Court nomination, May 6, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Dr. Jill Biden walks down the Cross Hall en route to a Mother’s Day Tea in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2011. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden hosted the tea for military spouses, relatives, and friends (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands with the troops following the President’s remarks at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 6, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama disembarks Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, following his trip to Fort Campbell, Ky., May 6, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama plays golf with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) at left at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on May 6, 2013

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116 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. May 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Another absolutely aweeeeeesome round-up Nerdy, the work you put in to it makes my eyes water. Thank you ENORMOUSLY Legend!

    • 4 Nerdy Wonka
      May 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Thank you so very much, Chiparoo.

      It’s intense work, but the reward is knowing that anyone can come to TOD and immediately have knowledge of what is happening domestically and internationally. Thus leaving them better informed and able to help others.

      Thank you again.

      • May 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

        And you always cover such a range of issues Nerdy, international and domestic, often from sources we rarely see. Just wonderful. Thank you again, you’re a gem.

      • May 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

        THIS.

        But not only is TOD a convenient place for a compendium of news, it’s always about reliable and honest coverage and sources without all the lazy punditry we’re constantly subjected to. Love you, Chips and NW!!

      • May 6, 2014 at 11:52 am

        Yep. I signed up for Adam Serwer’s newsletter where he rehashes news of the week. I knew everything. Everything.

      • 8 EricFive
        May 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

        Thanks for all you do. Your hard work is appreciated.

      • 9 Judith Fardig
        May 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        What you do here is priceless!!!

    • 10 Vicki
      May 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Agree this is an awesome lineup as was yours, yesterday, Chips.
      Thank you to both of you for making TOD readers the best-informed people in our realm.

      I can only wish that more in the MSM would take the truth telling imperatives their jobs should entail 1/2 as seriously as you two and the rest of us do.

  2. May 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Who’s asking these questions?

  3. 15 amk for obama
    May 6, 2014 at 11:31 am

    “Republicans Still Don’t Have A Jobs Plan, But Americans Think They Do”

    I give up.

    • May 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

      And why would they want a GOP jobs plan? They forgot George Bush already? **sigh**

    • 17 57andfemale
      May 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      It’s the Dem’s who still have not figured out how to counteract the lies. Please don’t flame me with any excuses: Republicans built an infrastructure that works short and long term and they’ve been doing it for decades. There is no excuse that the Democratic party has not done the same and hasn’t found a better way to use the truth to combat destructive lies. Calling RWNJ’s ‘crazy’ is not en effective message. They’ve been crazy forever – now the crazies are wielding dangerous power.

      As crazy as Benghazi is, I am astounded at the way they have some new ‘tool’ on a daily basis. While Dem’s are ‘disappointed’ (can you believe the State Dept. spokesman used that ineffective term about Issa slapping Kerry with a subpoena? After it’s been proven to be tepid and weak for decades?), Republicans have daily new ways to package their outrage. Dem’s react but do nothing to demonstrate the outrage that these Republicans deserve. The party should be READY with an assault and a new assault every effing day.

      Pelosi had a good move today: demanding true bipartisanship in this new ‘special’ committee with access to witnesses, subpoena power, etc. Anything less would prove that this is no more than a partisan witch hunt. We should have an arsenal of ways to put them on the defensive. Does Nancy and the party have something new to put them on their heels on a daily basis?

      If not – why not?

      • 18 57andfemale
        May 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday called for an equal ratio of Democrats and Republicans on the GOP’s upcoming select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks of 2012.
        “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan. The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans as is done on the House Ethics Committee,” she said in a statement. “It should require that witnesses are called and interviewed, subpoenas are issued, and information is shared on a bipartisan basis. Only then could it be fair.”

      • 19 EricFive
        May 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

        You seem determined. to ignore the reality of the situation. I hoped that the networks refusing to give PBO primetime to announce ACA enrollment numbers would have crystallized the dilemma we face. The gop/msm control access to the microphone. If they can drown out the President, who has the status to break through the media wall? Democrats cannot force the media to give them coverage. Dems cannot force the media to abandon its gop approved narratives and memes. Bashing Dems maybe cathartic but it seems to be a case of blaming the victim which is not helpful imho.

        • 20 Vicki
          May 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

          There is a middle ground between 57 and Ericfive. Here it is:
          The MSM, which does indeed own the microphone responds to conflict and strong attack messages.
          We can’t take away who owns the mike but we can provide them with fiery rhetoric and strong loud messaging of our own. Some, maybe most of it will get airtime.

          • 21 EricFive
            May 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm

            I wish that were true, but the media has an agenda. That agenda is to advance the interests of their owner. PBO is an excellent speaker and advocate. He has the bully pulpit. The msm drowns him out on purpose. It does and will do the same to other less powerful Dems. The pasr six years bear out the truth in what I state

        • 22 57andfemale
          May 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

          How do we get past the ‘reality’? Just accept it? can we do better than be ‘disappointed’ when we do have the microphone? Can we do better than waste our precious air time saying that Republicans are our ‘friends’ and our really nice people…. and by the time we’re done with the qualifiers, our time is up and they move back to the relentless attacks of Republicans? I hear Democrat after Democrat bury their decent ideas and good news behind qualifiers and being all-too-willing to take some of the blame. I hear it every morning on c-span. Republicans are trained to NEVER do that. Why do we continue to do it as the lies gain traction?

          Could we break through to some of the media if we were passionate and disciplined in our passion? could we find better labels than our convoluted process explanations? We have the GOP model of how to get attention, and yet we’re ‘above’ it. They’re just ‘crazy’. Read some George Lakoff, and explain to me why the Democratic Party has avoided him for 25 years when he could be our Frank Luntz.

          At some point we have to grow the hell up and face the realities that we have the most insane Republican party in history and literally our future is at stake. I know that all of your reasons exist and it is a formidable task. Do you have a solution? Is it not a reasonable debate to have:

          how do Democrats turn their ideas into SUSTAINED action at every election, all the time, in overwhelming numbers.

          The GOP model has worked for their base. At what point do we find a way to do the Impossible and build a sustained Democratic/progressive infrastructure that works.

          Twitter is not enough. The Internet is not enough. Barack Obama should not have to shoulder the entire burden himself. It is our party that has not learned how to be the most effective and train and discipline their spokespeople to make an impression.

          I’m not an emoprog, which is what you are implying. We have to get clear-headed about what is facing us and the utter destruction of America that follows if Republicans gain the Senate or God forbid the White House. This should have elicited action 20 years ago when they drummed up a phony impeachment of a Democratic President.

          We accept being a victim way too easily. It’s ‘impossible’, I know. So was electing Barack Obama. We can do the impossible if the party would learn a few lessons from GOP. All we do is call them crazy. Well the crazies now own the hen house. And our spokespeople are still just ‘disappointed’.

          Every once in awhile we can have an honest debate about how to counteract the crazies and turn this country back toward sanity. I’m not for just accepting it. I don’t think the Democratic Party has done nearly enough to turn things around, or at least build an infrastructure for the future. I think the discussion IS helpful. I think resigning ourselves is dangerous.

          • 23 EricFive
            May 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

            You remember the lead up to GWB’s Iraqi war when hundreds of thousands of Americans marched in protest, with very little media coverage? Compare that to the over the top coverage sparcely attended teaparty rallies received. I’m just pointing out that the media game is rigged. If we are able to discredit the msm as messenger we will greatly diminish the propaganda abilities of the gop.

          • 24 Vicki
            May 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

            I’m with you, 57.
            So is POTUS. that is why he did Between Two Ferns and why he reminded us about it at the WHPC .

            • 25 57andfemale
              May 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

              And it worked! The entire party has to start ‘getting it’. I’m so tired of these hackneyed Dem’s who squander what time they have before the cameras.

              I saw something REALLY interesting in the Illinois primary in March: there is an effort to do what GOP does, by running for committeemen, small local offices. These were not crazy-eyed hippie liberals – but hardworking middle class Americans who get it. And by doing the grass roots, I saw something I have never seen in my Chicago neighborhood: everyone was fighting to be more ‘progressive’ than the next. Hey, they didn’t get very far but here’s the thing: the machine Dems who won – also said they were ‘progressive’.

              The entire Democratic party needs to stop pretending it’s 1988 and they have to look and act like Republicans. It shouldn’t be a fight to get Dem’s to run on ACA, it should be a no-brainer. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz should be training her congress people how to maneauver these talk shows and interviews – how to keep the mic and turn it back on GOP and not give an inch. They don’t need to stick to a script like robots, but they need strong, visceral statements to fall back on. GOP coaches and trains these people, from every low level staffer at a two-bit think tank to the GOP lions making the most noise. I know we’re snubbed and PBO has endured the worst treatment of a sitting President in history; but we DO get the mic and we squander it. The party should be putting out ads on what a Republican-led government will look like. It IS visceral, and we need to connect on that level. We may be the victims, but let’s turn it around. It’s hard to do it on a personal level (I’m still volunteering at senior centers trying to get through to people who do not have computers) when our own party won’t lead the way.

  4. May 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Oooooooooooooooooo Weeeeeeeeeee…there is so much awesomeness Jammmmmmm-packed into this Riseeee and Shine…..

  5. 27 amk for obama
    May 6, 2014 at 11:51 am

    bbc is covering north carolina rethugs primary. Guess they wanna be the next pox news, now that teann has failed.

  6. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

  7. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2014 at 11:55 am

    • May 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      It is not that the GOP does not know that the Bi-partisan Senate Reprot doesn’t exist…they are counting on the American People not knowing that it exists!

    • May 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Reminds me of a tweet I saw from Abby Huntsman. She was watching a Fox News report and felt there were some real questions to be answered. OY!

      • 32 Linda
        May 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        Poor Abby…she just is not that bright….

        She advocates the retirement age be raised to 75.

        • May 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

          Make her do some factory work or any form of manual labor and see if she comes to her senses. We don’t all have cushy TV jobs.

          • 34 Linda
            May 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

            We own a Roofing business….both my sons are in their 40′s…there is no way they could work until 75.

  8. May 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Hey TOD:

  9. May 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  10. 37 Nena20409
    May 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    GM TOD!
    Congrats LP on your success.
    Congrats GOLD medalists G <3 B on this thread, VC on the last thread, etc.
    Great R&S NW. Thanks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-time-for-some-happy-talk-from-democrats/2014/05/05/1a0d9424-d48e-11e3-aae8-c2d44bd79778_story.html

    Democrats, if you want to win in the fall, take some advice from Pharrell Williams: “Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.”

    The Mountie-hat-wearing pop singer’s infectious “Happy” should be the Democratic Party’s theme song for the midterm election. Despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up. Democrats ought to be clicking their heels and spreading the good

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    Snap Out Of It Dems.

    Own your Success. Shout, Shout, Let it all out……Be Bold! Be Proud! Use Facts, Data and your Accomplishments to let the rest of the nation KNOW what you have achieved by YOURSELVES with Zero GOP help.

  11. 38 Linda
    May 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Republicans Try To Silence House Democrats By Kicking Them Out of a Taxpayer Funded Room

    Top House Democrats, including Leader Nancy Pelosi were supposed to be holding a Steering and Policy Committee hearing on the Republican refusal to extend unemployment benefits, but Republicans kicked Democrats out of their scheduled room.

    House Democrats had to abruptly turn their hearing into a press conference, when Republicans refused to let them have a room to hold the hearing in.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/06/republicans-silence-house-democrats-kicking-taxpayer-funded-room.html

    • 39 Layla
      May 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Oh pls President Obama, pls offer them a room for their meetings at the White House, you know…the people’s house

    • 41 Ladyhawke
      May 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      First question from Julie Pace (AP)

      Republicans say the administration is using scare tactics on climate change. But leaving partisanship and politics aside she asks – Is the administration using scare tactics on climate change. Then she wants to know what President Obama is going to announce on Friday. Jay tells Julie she will have to wait until Friday.

      • 42 Nena20409
        May 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm

        So Science has BLINDED AP and Ms Pace?
        Those are not questions. Those are talking points of the GOP framed with ? at the end of her water-carry diatribe.

    • 43 Ladyhawke
      May 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Now Chuck Todd is wondering why President Obama didn’t do more on climate change in his first term. Talk about selective amnesia. Jay just refreshed his memory. I would also direct Chuck Todd to Michael Grunwlad’s The New New Deal. Sheesh …..

      • 44 Nena20409
        May 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

        Perhaps Todd should read about regulations under Ms Jackson. These idiots are LAZY overpaid hacks.

      • 45 nathkatun7
        May 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

        How are Democrats supposed to effectively get their message through the media when reporters are all about parroting Republican talking points?Just look at the questions asked by the WHPC. They are all premised on Republican talking points. The reality that must be faced is: the US corporate owned media, and especially the National media, are now a propaganda arm of the Republican party. Democrats have to figure out a way to go around the brick wall, erected by the so called mainstream media, to reach the American people. One way to get our message to the people is through massive grass-roots organizing and mobilization. The other is through alternative media. There is really no point in continuing to bang our heads against a brick wall and then blaming ourselves because our heads are bloody, but we still are unable to go through the wall to reach the people.

        • 46 EricFive
          May 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

          Well put Nath. Totally agree.

        • 47 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          May 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

          PRAY DARLING…TIS THE GREATEST WEAPON ANYONE CAN HAVE…GOD HAS A PLAN AND REGARDLESS OF WHO TRIES TO INTERRUPT IT…HE ALWAYS WINS. HE IS USING OUR PRESIDENT…PRAY!

          • 48 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            May 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm

            ONE OF THE MOST SINCERELY JOYFUL THINGS I HAVE DONE WAS FIGHTING TO GET PBO IN THE OVAL OFFICE…WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE HIM…AND FOR THOSE HORRIBLY HUGE CHALLENGES…KNOW THAT GOD’S GOT IT!

        • 49 jacquelineoboomer
          May 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

          nath! I’ve missed seeing you. Hope all is good!

  12. 50 Debra
    May 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Monica Lewinsky breaks her silence about affair with Bill Clinton.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/06/monica-lewinsky-interview_n_5273234.html

    • 51 Linda
      May 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Boo Hiss….she needs to go away.

      I read a snippet on another site. She has the nerve to claim her boss took advantage of her, but it was consensual ? Please….we all know she told a friend she was going to DC to ” get her Presidential kneepads “.

      I would no be surprised if the GOP is not behind her coming forward at this time.

      • 52 Layla
        May 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

        I would no be surprised if the GOP is not behind her coming forward at this time. Bingo Linda!

        • 53 debz
          May 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

          Wish I could say I cared. After seeing that Hillary was campaigning with Lady de Bigot yesterday, it Monica wants the wave around a blue dress for the next 2 years, that’s ok with me.

    • 54 Nena20409
      May 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Obviously Only the Clinton and Obama years count.

      Nothing happened from Jan 20, 2001-Jan 20, 2009. The Lost Years obviously.

    • 55 Nena20409
      May 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      It looks like she welcomes this attention. That in it self is so sad. She must be in her late 30s. Seriously, STOP It. Stopping giving the media an excuse to once again totally trash her publicly.

  13. 57 Judith Fardig
    May 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Climate Change is big news today, as referenced above. OFA is hosting watch parties to view the third episode of The Years of Living Dangerously. Unfortunately, awful Rep Grimm is featured in this episode as a former denier brought to his senses. You’ll have to put up with Chris Hayes also, but I’d still encourage you to find a watch party and discuss the issue with other concerned people. barackobama.com/events.

    • 58 Nerdy Wonka
      May 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for the update Judith.

      I don’t if that is your home featured in the tweet, but if it is, it is a beautiful home. The books, the art, the view outside, the decorations, the placement of aesthetic pieces. I’m blown away. What a gorgeous home.

      • 59 Judith Fardig
        May 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        Hi NW – This lovely home belongs to my friend Diane, OFA phone banker extraordinaire, retired teacher in England, and world traveler (most recently to Cuba). She has good taste in wine, too.

    • 60 sjterrid
      May 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Hi judith. I went to the watch party for the third show of The Years of Living Dangerously that our Climate Change Lead from our OFA Chapter had at his house earlier tonight.

  14. 61 57andfemale
    May 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  15. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Oh my goodness. Not again. This is horrific.

  16. 70 Nena20409
    May 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/roy-moore-first-amendment-all-religions

    The Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, who implied in a January speech that the First Amendment only applied to Christian faiths, said on Monday that he was talking about the biblical foundations in the United States, not the application of the law.

    “It applies to the rights God gave us to be free in our modes of thinking, and as far as religious liberty to all people, regardless of what they believe,” Justice Roy Moore said about the First Amendment in an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser.

    The Advertiser said that Moore “strongly denied” that the First Amendment excludes non-Christian religions.
    /////

    Unfortunately, what they say is how they rule.
    He spoke out his true feelings and when a backlash happened……..Now he is modifying his ideological idiocy.

    • 71 57andfemale
      May 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      So is this nut job saying that the biblical foundations of the United States are ‘Christian’, and not even rooted in the Old Testament?

  17. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      May 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      It’s too hard to bear thinking about this situation, much less to be living it. So very much hope all the girls are brought back, with none lost. Finally, world attention is on the plight of these families in Nigeria.

  18. 74 Debra
    May 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Regarding Monica Lewinsky I think it is better she told her story now. The repubs will twist it and use it against Hillary Clinton any way. Also Bill Clinton is at fault too. He was not an innocent victim and Ito be honest I tired of the Clinton’s were so great at the expense of President Obama who had to clean up a lot of Bill Clinton’s mess.

    • 75 57andfemale
      May 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      No one should be surprised that this was going to happen. I completely agree that the earlier, the better.

      I’m in total agreement with you on Bill Clinton.

  19. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  20. 77 Nena20409
    May 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    The Mystery of Rob Ford?

    US denied entry? So where is Rob Ford?

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rob-ford-chicago-airplane-mystery

  21. 79 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Now, may I please have my TOD (back) yard clean-up merit badge?
    I was playing in the village here several hours ago when I was suddenly hit by a feeling of inspiration (read ‘remorse’), so I promptly signed out and headed out back. Please note that in order not to be tempted before I was done, I didn’t put the laptop on ‘sleep’ or ‘hibernate’ which is my normal at-home practice. I shut her right down!

    The back yard is now feeling refreshed, and I’m feeling virtuous enough to spend the rest of the day online, breaking only for meals. So, may I have my merit badge please and thank you?

    • 80 MightyPamela
      May 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      A bow.
      A curtsey.
      A hat tip.
      And a cup of tea!!!
      VC, bet that yard looks fantastic!

      • 81 vcprezofan2
        May 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        Compared to how it looked before…..sure! :)

        Thanks for all the rewards, except maybe the tea. Was it herbal (I don’t drink Earl Grey, etc.), ….and from your pea patch?

  22. 82 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  23. 83 57andfemale
    May 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Oh Lord:

  24. May 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Like I keep saying. I do not want HRC to run because she is surrounded by grimy people. GRIMY!

    • 85 Linda
      May 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      These people are gross…..that includes the Clintons

    • May 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      David Corn is on it!

    • 88 itgurl_29
      May 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Yet another reason not to vote for Hillary. This is disgusting and low as all get out. Even for her.

      • 89 No Child Left Behind
        May 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        Itfurl_29,

        I hate to spoil your enthusiasm of not voting for Hillary. As you, I am not at all excited with the coronation the media and others (including herself) is planning. However, I’ll vote for her in a heartbeat against any GOP (moderate or otherwise), Rand Paul, and the Bridgegate Gov. of NJ (who has begun walking to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. way before the Hillary craze).

        My wish is to have a Dem succeed POTUS so that the small gains we made remain in force.

        Hello TODVille! Hello Danny-the-Boy whom I haven’t seen in awhile.

        • 90 No Child Left Behind
          May 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

          media and others AREplanning.

        • 91 Linda
          May 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

          I will have to hold my nose voting for her and voting for Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter this year.

        • 92 nospin
          May 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm

          “However, I’ll vote for her in a heartbeat against any GOP (moderate or otherwise), Rand Paul, and the Bridgegate Gov. of NJ (who has begun walking to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. way before the Hillary craze).”

          good for you nclb because there is no way in hell I would vote for Hillary.

  25. 93 sherijr
    May 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    okay just want to share these with you… as many of you are teachers.. and I know how we all feel about kids here, this is my son’s 8th grade science class, his inspiring classmates and his most excellent teacher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVGRVc3D9XM I’ve tweeted this to FLOTUS too. Here is the same science teacher, Mr. Razak (Baltimore city schools) with his 7th grade science class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_VdKwvLzkk&feature=youtu.be

    I guarantee you will feel so good after watching these! enjoy and feel free to pass them on, this is what really good teaching is all about in my opinion.

  26. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    May 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

  27. May 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    57andFemale,

    I share your frustration, much like I feared the possibility of a McCain/Palin (shudder) or R-money/Ryan (pupper President shudder) Presidency on election eves.

    But, as Bobfr reminds us, #TrustBarack.

    NOTE:
    I quoted the article headline… thus, no “President Obama” in this tweet, plus I needed room for a jab against the WHPC jackals.

    You can just picture the likes of upChuck Todd, Jake (the snake) Tapper, Jon (Benghaz!) Karl, etc. pounding their heads against the wall at the WH latest (but not last) endrun around them.

    If you’re going to be a GOP/Koch propaganda machine, then you won’t be in the loop on big actions by the White House (think Between Two Ferns, Campus Sexual Assault, Our Brother’s Keeper, etc.). The WH doesn’t avoid the media. They love the media, just not the worthless WHPC jackals.

    I believe the Obama Team is very busy now helping Dem candidates for their Fall campaigns. No one in America wants/needs Dem majorities in the House and Senate more than President Obama.

    Aside: It doesn’t help when Dems turn on blue dog Dems like Mark Begich (AK), Mark Pryor (AR) or Kay Hagen (NC). Cynics say that Pryor extended an invitation to the President to tour Arkansas tornado damaged area for federal dollars, but the point is that he’s not running away from PBO as another blue dog Dem might.

    More on climate change:

    A
    nd is it possible that I’ve convinced at least one climate change skeptic?

  28. 101 Linda
    May 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    From Rasmussen (!):

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) also disapprove.

    Also from Rasmussen:

    Democrats have retaken the lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending Sunday, May 4.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democrat in their district’s congressional race if the election were held today, while 37% would choose the Republican instead.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/06/1297288/-POTUS-Job-Approval-Surges-to-49-Dems-4-on-Generic-Congressional-Ballot

    Daily kos if pretty good today. I have not been over there recently, but Donna’s link on the Missouri rally had me looking around a bit.

    Thanks Donna !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. May 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    NW, an amazing collection of information. Abundance! Great stuff. Let me add one more. Just read Steve Benen. Due to GOP extreme obstruction last fall, Harry Reid had to use the nuclear option and it’s slowly but surely paying off.

    …All told, we haven’t seen a flurry of jurists fill vacancies on the federal bench like this in quite a long while….

    …It’s too soon to credibly claim President Obama and Senate Dems are moving the federal judiciary to the left. But by some measures, Obama’s judicial nominees are some of the most progressive in a generation and thanks to GOP excesses, more of these nominees are receiving their lifetime confirmations.

  30. May 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    For those in the NYC/NJ area (Vicki, LDS, Diane, Edwina, et. al) has this made the news in the NYC region?

    These remarks are from last week.

    NJ Dems, please wake up, voting for Christie or other GOP is about more than just bridgegate!

    “The end may be near for the New York region’s cross-harbor rail tunnels, with no good alternative in sight.

    ‘I’m being told we got something less than 20 years before we have to shut one or two down,’ said Amtrak C.E.O. Joseph Boardman at the Regional Plan Association’s conference last week at the Waldorf Astoria. ‘Something less than 20. I don’t know if that something less than 20 is seven, or some other number. But to build two new ones, you’re talking seven to nine years to deliver, if we all decided today that we could do it.’”

    • 105 Vicki
      May 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Yes, Arapaho New Yorkers have certainly been aware of Christie’s actions in ending the tunnel After milliions of Federal dollars had been spent on preliminary shoveling.
      Gov. Cuomo has been quiet, if not silent on this outrage.

      • May 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        This statement by Amtrak should have all commuters worried.

        If those two tunnels are shut down with no replacement, commuting would become a real problem (exacerbating an existing one).

      • May 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        Not building the tunnel was one of Christie’s major blunders. But no one cared because a “noun, a verb, and Sandy ” plus his collusion with some state dems. Both sides at fault in the Christie fiasco.

  31. May 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Some in TODville may be offended by the gratuitous tone of @nycjim’s tweet, but the it links to an article that focuses squarely on the racism of the media (if the girls weren’t Nigerian — think similar number of people of a smiliar age on doomed South Korean ferry…)

    And provides a timeline of events.

    Apr 15 – The kidnapping occurred (the same day the South Korean ferry capsized).
    Apr 23 – #BringBackOurGirls hashtag began
    May 1 – Interest spiked when media suggested the girls were kidnapped for sex slave purposes.
    May 3 – Secretary of State John Kerry condemns Boko Haram actions and pledges US support.

    And from yesterday:

  32. 109 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  33. May 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    The study didn’t include Supreme Court judges and POTUS has made incredible choices with them. I like that his judges have lifetime appointments. :)

    Overall, Obama’s judges basically resemble nominees of other Democratic presidents — except on decisions about economic or labor regulation. There, Obama’s judges are the most liberal of any president studied (going back to John F. Kennedy). Note that the study only includes district court judges, not Supreme Court judges:

    • 111 Nena20409
      May 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      But, but, but the emoprogs said No. Hmm?

      I want a DNC Head who is dedicated, publicly seen and going everywhere touting the Great Accomplishments by this POTUS!

  34. May 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    With Democrats going all-in on their income inequality campaign pitch, a new poll finds the message is ringing true with a surprising group of people: the super-rich.

    A slight majority (51 percent) of the millionaires polled by CNBC say wealth inequality is a “major problem” in the U.S. Moreover, 64 percent support raising taxes on the wealthy, while 63 percent endorse raising the minimum wage.

  35. 113 Nena20409
    May 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    5-6-14 Press Sec Jay “Clark Kent” Carney at the WH Podium educating the WHPC vagabonds

    At about 25:20 Mins in.

  36. 115 57andfemale
    May 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Seriously, Monica: you were surprised that powerful people might be either against you or might use you in their power struggles? It never once occurred to you that if the story of your tacky affair with the President got out the entire country wouldn’t embrace you and take care of you?

    If Democrats didn’t like you, it’s because you helped destroy a Democratic Presidency, you twit.

    It ‘changed the direction of your life?’ Which would have been mediocre oblivion.

    STFU. You’re embarrassing.

  37. 116 Linda
    May 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Remember this ? Yes, we need more of it…….


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