President Obama greets residents during a visit to the tornado devastated town of Vilonia, Arkansas (Pete Souza)
3:30 EDT: President Obama Makes a Statement, Vilonia, Arkansas
White House Live
Live streaming from Arkansas here – thank you JER
Go City! (maybe. I’m torn.)
I will actually bombard their stadium with drones if they don’t beat Villa. I will, you’ll see.
Down girl – LOL!
This season is going to drive me back to drinking.
Yeah, I’ve laid off the booze. Missus is worried about my fatty liver, and I have to agree with her. Not cutting out completely, but definitely curtailing it. We’re having a cocktail party with the gang on Sunday, and that will be my first booze for a week.
And Friday? Missus gets a root canal. I’ve been refraining from reminding her that I’ve never had so much as a cavity in my life.
Good for you LL.
It’s not all bad to give your body – inside and out a cleansing.
Speedy, eh? Good footwork!
VC, may I say how much I truly dislike these new emoticons – they don’t move and the faces are not expressive at all !
I *hate* them, except for this one which has been simplified. <3
I’m trying really hard not to use the word *hate*, but that is my feeling towards them.
So how do you guys get the heart the color red? Simple but inquiring mind wants to know. Thank you in advance :-)
< plus the number 3 with no space between
Thanks VC! <3
Trying out my Luv symbol. <3
Co-signing. I can’t stand them; I find them unpleasant to look at
President begins remarks in Vilonia. "The federal government is going to be right here until will get this rebuilt http://t.co/YcHgdp4F2U— Dustin Wilson (@dustinbwilson1) May 07, 2014
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin prosecutors have appealed a federal judge’s decision to halt the investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups that supported him.
U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the probe into whether Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with those groups about the spending. Randa also ordered prosecutors to destroy all their evidence.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to stay the injunction on Wednesday.
Chisholm argued that the order to destroy evidence conflicts is premature and Randa ignored a request for a hearing.
Destroy the evidence ? Our Judges have lost their minds…..
Linda, the only conclusion you can draw is that Judge Randa is wholely owned and operated by the Koch Brothers and their various minions.
.@BarackObama recognizes the life-saving work of @ConwayRegional's ER Dept. We are proud of their work. #ObamaAR http://t.co/vd1qvG9ahc— Conway Area Chamber (@Conway_Chamber) May 07, 2014
I like how PBO allows his people to dress for the ocassion. It’s hot and windy out there and everyone needs to be comfortable to be alert.
Our president is in every respect a very practical man.
And the temps they will be traveling in today vary widely. It’s 87 F in Vilonia and will only be in the 60s F when he arrives here in CA today. We are quite cool and tonight will be even cooler.
Always warms my heart the way the people who lied us into war accuse people of lying us into health insurance.— (@LOLGOP) May 07, 2014
Happy Birthday 57 http://t.co/dgDuJY5gzz— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) May 07, 2014
Happy Birthday! Hope you are having a great day! <3 Know you like smaller dogs, but I can't whip up photos like Chips. 😉 ;)
@FlowerInFaith :) http://t.co/6woiYfakOX— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) May 07, 2014
A very welcome birthday wish. Thank you, my friend.
Mr. 57 signed a card from the pups this morning but neglected Kasper, so I whined. Mr. 57 later said, “Kasper signed – just look.” And he had written KASPER in big red letters on the left hand side of the card. Do they think I was born yesterday?
Aww, I get those too. But smh Mr. 57, how could you miss Kasper? Was he in ghost costume? 😎 ;)
And Kasper’s is Mr. 57’s baby. He should know better.
SMH x 2! ;)
Wishing you a most happy birthday, 57!
Amazing Dad designs shoes to give his paralyzed daughter the sensation of walking http://t.co/TmAMZPuG78— Robert J. Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) May 05, 2014
I LOVE that Daddy!
I saw this and got choked up…. One of my past students with CP would love this!! Walking with her dad….
THAT made my day. God bless them both.
<3 <3 <3
Tears dripping down my cheeks.
<3 conquers all.
Bless both of them.
In the week since announcing it was banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, with the hopes of getting approval from the league’s owners to force him to sell the team, little has been known of the NBA’s exact legal strategy.
While the league’s constitution, publicly revealed for the first time by the league last Tuesday, made it clear that grounds exist to remove an owner if that owner “fail(s) or refuse(s) to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association,” it remained unclear what contracts Sterling might have violated when he made his racist statements in a private conversation with his mistress V. Stiviano that was later published by TMZ.
@NBA legal strategy to remove Donald Sterling as @LAClippers owner emerges espn.go.com/los-angeles/nb… prob #1 Shelly –> twitter.com/ArashMarkazi/s…— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) May 07, 2014
But sources with knowledge of the league’s strategy say there are, in fact, actual contracts that it will maintain Sterling violated should he choose to fight the league’s desire to force him to sell the team if the league can get the required 75 percent of owners to agree to make the move.
One of those documents, which Sterling signed when he first bought the Clippers in 1981, and signed various amended versions since, states that an owner will not take any position or action that will materially and adversely affect a team or the league. Owners also sign morals clauses, which state that they will be upheld to the highest standard of ethical and moral behavior. When morals clauses are enacted and result in termination of agreements, including endorsement deals, the courts are often charged with interpreting who was right, but sources with knowledge of the NBA’s legal strategy believe that they have enough to force Sterling to sell…….”
The President has boarded Air Force One and is preparing to take off. @KARK4News #ObamaAR http://t.co/q5LxVSRCDR— MattThibault (@ping6288) May 07, 2014
This goes into detail how full of B.S. the WHPC is: via https://twitter.com/CassSunstein former Obama admin official, and Samantha Power’s hubby:
“Please say something spicy about the president" bloombergview.com/articles/2014-…— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) May 07, 2014
I saw Cass interviewed on c-span Q&A about a month ago and he was outstanding……..
Agree, Linda. He served President Obama well. I think when Amb. Power got the promotion he decided to go into the private sector to help raise the toddlers…..with her travel schedule et al…..
the comments!!!!!!! – screaming that the Press is left wing – in the pocket of the President – doesn’t ask about Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Folks are surely paid to troll the intertubes and post the stupid.
Her only goal was to help her town, but today she was in the President's speech, & got her ultimate selfie. #ObamaAR http://t.co/kBWXcF2Ej4— Governor Mike Beebe (@GovBeebeMedia) May 07, 2014
Posted this late last night in conjunction with the big climate change report release….NYC is taking a novel approach to addressing the issue:
Check out a preview of my interview with @BarackObama m.today.com/news/obama-al-… http://t.co/MKKaDI25rx— Al Roker (@alroker) May 06, 2014
“As sea levels rise along the New York City waterfront, “100-year” storm surges may eventually happen as often as every three years, with more chances of Sandy-like damage if the city doesn’t rebuild its borders. One redesign under consideration now: Big U, a 10-mile long shield of parks and community spaces that would help protect Manhattan neighborhoods from flooding.
This 10-mile loop of parks would protect New York from rising water. f-st.co/mLwPLJW via @FastCoExist http://t.co/hUHvJO6H7G— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) May 07, 2014
The design is focused as much on the everyday needs of local neighborhoods as on flood protection–an approach that’s very different than how infrastructure has been built in the past. In New Orleans after Katrina, floodwalls were made to meet engineering criteria, not social needs. And New York has its own long past of large-scale projects that focused more on efficiency than people.
“In the history of New York with the legacy of Robert Moses, most of the infrastructure–whether that’s highways or parks–have generally been imposed without a lot of regard for existing community fabric,” says Jeremy Siegel, who led the Big U project. “If you’re going to be investing so much money into an infrastructure for resiliency–that’s going to be sitting along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world–there’s a huge opportunity there to also improve civic infrastructure, so it can protect the city, but also become a platform for civic life,” he adds……”
I love how he does selfies. That’s now the ultimate prize!
Here’s the results of GOTV in South Africa:
#SAvotes Amazing scenes in Marikana, where there are long queues to vote, @AFP photo by @skyreid cc @AFPphoto http://t.co/z6ntYuwMVW— AFP Africa (@AFPAfrica) May 07, 2014
ICYMI, from Monday-Tuesday overnight thread.
Alerted to the humane and expert response by Oregon’s (it-goes-without-saying) Dem @GovKitz:
Thank you, @GovKitz, for acting in such a humane and timely manner. Good luck on your 4th term as Gov. @Oregonian
oregonlive.com/politics/index…— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) May 06, 2014
@arapaho415 what an empathetic & skilled act by @GovKitz to save a life. If only every American cared & prepared to do the same. @Oregonian— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 06, 2014
Thanks you for telling the increasingly right-wing Oregonian newspaper we think well of Governor Kitzhaber.
@PzFeed @adept2u Are we ready to do something about this malaise? Our answer to ANY conflict or fear is now lethal violence w/ a gun. ENOUGH— (@FlowerInFaith) May 07, 2014
De-lurking to wish 57 & LDS happy birthday!! Too much family drama going on to comment much right now, but TOD is one place I come to help me stay centered. Thanks to everyone who contributes here, whether blog tyrants or just commentators. <3
Adding my CHEERS! to the bday girl!
Happy Day of Birth to
57 and LDS
Thank you Nena20409,
Out late last night. I better catch up and thank everyone.
Thank you Paulita.
It was such a beautiful day I was out late celebrating with friends and family and just finding time to come back here.
Today is raining and very cool. What a difference a day makes
President Barack Obama is set to deliver remarks and receive an honor presented by Steven Spielberg at a USC Shoah Foundation event, the organization said …
“President Obama’s commitment to democracy and human rights has long been felt,” said Spielberg in a statement announcing the news. “As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in expanding justice and opportunity for all is remarkably evident.”
Tonight we are honored to host @BarackObama at our 20th anniv Ambassadors for Humanity Gala. ow.ly/wyEp1 #ShoahFdn20— USC Shoah Foundation (@USCShoahFdn) May 07, 2014
We often make the mistake of mixing up the founding fathers & the Puritans. This makes us see them as more religious than they really were.— Chris L. Robinson (@chrisLrob) May 07, 2014
The Founding Fathers were wealthy slave owners…can never really get over that part….reminds me a speech that Justice Marshall gave commemorating the 200th birthday of the Constitution…
“The men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 could not have envisioned these changes. They could not have imagined, nor would they have accepted, that the document they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme Court to which had been appointed a woman and the descendent of an African slave. We the People” no longer enslave, but the credit does not belong to the Framers. It belongs to those who refused to acquiesce in outdated notions of “liberty,” “justice,” and “equality,” and who strived to better them.”
It was, and still is, the schism between the North and South: the allowing for slavery and the odious 3/5th was a ‘compromise’ or the Southern states would not have become part of the Union. Many of the Founding Fathers did not want slavery.
And here we are in 2014 – virtually fighting the same battles.
It's Economic Sabotage
GOP Continuously Obstructs Infrastructure Jobs & Safety
http://t.co/coT9AXisOo— Wisdom Rocks (@GetWisdomDude) May 07, 2014
President Obama greets residents during a visit to the tornado devastated town of Vilonia, Arkansas today http://t.co/HyV7EoM7ZA— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 07, 2014
Almost every one of the 230-plus House Republicans is clamoring to be among the seven members placed on the Benghazi select committee.
Multiple Hill reporters tweeted that 206 congressional GOPers had requested a seat on the committee. House leadership aides said Tuesday that the committee would have seven Republicans and five Democrats.
I hope the Dems boycott this travesty of “justice” and the MSM calls it out for what it is – a purely partisan desperation move prior to the Midterms/
Judith, the Dems need to be present and then the Dems need to tell the MSM what a travesty this witchhunt is. We already know we can’t rely on MSM to speak up for us – we must do it ourselves and LOUDLY!
I saw Rep. Jim Clyburn this morning on Bill Press pushing his new book, and he was all for boycotting this witch hunt. Dems need to stick together on this.
I agree 100%!
I think we have to participate or all the one-sided news will become ‘truth’ and we’ll be doing nothing but shouting into the wind on the Capitol steps.
So Howard Dean penned an op-ed at Roll Call with Guiliani, blasting PBO and essentially signing on to RW talking points about Iran.
He sold his soul by bashing one of the best cost controls in ACA – that’s when ‘Deaniac’ at TPV changed his name.
What a first class jackass Howard Dean has turned out to be.
Nobody gives a flying something something about what these 2 hasbeens have to say and most importantly HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Don’t tread on my birthday!
What does that mean…
I won’t let Howard Dean and Guilliani ruin my birthday! So there!
Good for you! Nobody should ruin your special day!
^ :-) :-) Happy Day Day, 57- and LDS!!
I’ll never forget how he seemed ok with the idea of the mosque not being allowed at Ground Zero ( in New York)
Many at DKos seem to think he’s some type of hero but personally I can’t stand him
He never made it public that he was a lobbyist for the health insurance industry when he attacked cost-cutting in ACA. Which makes him a LIAR and a prostitute.
Principles, my ass.
The two diaries today were very anti-Dean on this latest stunt.
I would bet that both of them are on Morning Joke tomorrow…
wonder how Dean’s admirers feel today at the Orange..
I glanced over there – two very negative diaries about Dean.
Between IRS and Benghazi hysterics this wk, we R watching GOP's public nervous breakdown. The cause? O'care which was supposed to crash/burn— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) May 07, 2014
So very true
I am glad to see that not all the people from the red states are crazy racists idiots. I’m sure if you were to read some comments there will be those who can’t put aside their hate for this President even in times like this.
I just can’t get over the neck of this fraud, now an ACA cheerleader after campaigning for the bill to be ‘killed’
Benghazi? IRS? Biggest signs that #ACA repeal is truly dead.— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) May 07, 2014
Insurance companies win. Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate.— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 15, 2009
Whichever way the wInd blows, these bits of dust will follow.
A 180 or shall I say Flip Flopper?
Converts scare me.
I take it from my TL that .@wegoted is getting liberals riled up again to stay home in November. This is helpful how?— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) May 07, 2014
LL, maybe let these people know the clock is ticking. We have a window of opportunity here to make massive, concrete and long-lasting changes for the good of all. That window closes a little bit each day. The ONLY way we can make the best of what is left is to give PBO a democratic majority in House and Senate. You know that, I know that, but tell them, and keep telling them! Thank you.
Helpful to the GOP, which their objective. As GOP continues to become more desperate you can expect to see legions of double agent “progs” echo this sentiment.
Because of TPP. I’ll have a piece up soon.
Oh, am out of the loop on so much now. . .
Looking forward to your piece. ;)
Happy Birthday 57 and LDS!
Yes, Happy Birthday…mine is tomorrow…(.shhhh !)
Oh, you’re in trouble NOW.
We are a May bunch here at TOD.
Did I miss one yesterday? There was so much chocolate. ;)
Thank you Dakota,
What a day!
Is there any information concerning the man who was following the Obama girls motorcade? Why was he following them? I did see CNN talking about this earlier today.
Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo http://t.co/glDKDotJRt— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) May 07, 2014
It sure is FLOTUS. #Bring Back Our Girls. What is so shameful is the leader of Nigeria let things get this far. He should have ask for help along time ago to get rid of those terrorists. I know POTUS would have done what ever he could to help, before something like this happen.
Dear 2012 Obama voters: If you intend to stay home in November because "He didn't do [insert pony here]", please shut the fuck up until then— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) May 07, 2014
I take it if you're going to sit out Nov. b/c Dems aren't perfect, you're waiting for 535 Immaculate Conceptions.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) May 07, 2014
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