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Rise and Shine

President Obama waits backstage before delivering the keynote address at the the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 18th Annual Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern)

11:00: First Lady Michelle Obama Presents The 2014 National Medal For Museum And Library Services

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Today (All Times Pacific)

9:30 AM: The President participates in a DNC fundraiser, The Beverly Hilton

11:10: Departs Los Angeles

11:50: Arrives San Diego

1:15: Delivers remarks at a fundraiser for congressional Democrats, private residence

2:30: Departs San Diego

3:50: Arrives San Jose

4:15: Participates in a DNC fundraiser, private residence

6:30: Speaks at a DNC fundraiser, Fairmont San Jose

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Tara Culp-Ressler: U.S. Women Saved $483 Million On Their Birth Control Pills Last Year

Women in the United States saved an estimated $483 million on their out-of-pocket costs for the birth control pill, according to new data from the IMS Institute on Healthcare Informatics. The health care data company found that Obamacare has “dramatically reduced” women’s out-of-pocket costs now that insurers are required to cover preventative care without charging an additional co-pay. Compared to the data from 2012, about 24 million more birth control pill prescriptions were filled without a co-pay in 2013. That means each of the women filling those prescriptions ended up saving an average of $269. Those savings can make all the difference for women who are struggling to afford the reproductive care they need.

According to the IMS Institute’s data, there was 4.6 percent increase in prescriptions for birth control between 2012 and 2013. One of the most common misconceptions about Obamacare’s contraceptive provision is the assumption that women are now getting birth control “for free.” In reality, however, these women are accessing birth control through their private, employer-sponsored health insurance plans. Women do pay for the benefits included in those plans, both by working at their job and by paying a monthly premium. Under Obamacare, the difference is that they don’t have to pay an additional out-of-pocket cost for the preventative health benefits specific to their gender.

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Chicago Tribune: Conan O’Brien Ribs President Obama Over Traffic: “Skype works”

President Obama was in Century City on Wednesday night to accept a serious award from the USC Shoah Foundation — but his warmup act, comedian Conan O’Brien, still wasn’t over what Angelenos were calling Wednesday’s #Obamajam on major routes around town. “As a resident of Los Angeles, I’m furious about what you do to traffic when you visit this city,” O’Brien said to laughter at the 20th anniversary gala of USC’s Shoah Foundation. “What the hell? I know you left Washington six hours ago, but I left Burbank seven hours ago.”

“Now I mean this with the greatest respect, Sir, but do you have to physically come here? We love you. This town loves you. You’ve got our vote. You’re good. Audience, what do you say to – next time we give President Obama a Los Angeles award, we mail it to him? And then we fly down the 405,” the comedian said. As the president laughed, O’Brien added that “Skype works” and that if he insisted on continuing to come to Los Angeles, he owed everyone a ride home on his helicopter.

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President Obama is presented with the USC Shoah Foundation’s Ambassador for Humanity Award by movie director Steven Spielberg at the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity gala in Los Angeles

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Michael Hiltzik: The Insurers Speak: Yes, People Are Paying Their Obamacare Premiums

Things continue to get tough for the Obamacare dead-enders, those increasingly lonely opponents whose only comeback against the flow of good news about the Affordable Care Act is to conjure up absurd arguments against it (I mean you, Cato’s Michael Cannon) or, if all else fails, make stuff up. That latter effort was put in the grave Wednesday by a panel of health insurance spokespersons summoned to Washington by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The committee, fans will recall, recently issued an utterly bogus report claiming that of all enrollees on the federal ACA website, only 67% had paid their first month’s premiums. That’s important because health insurance coverage isn’t official until the first payment is made.

As we reported, experts jumped all over the figure, pointing out that it overlooked that the payment deadline for a huge percentage of enrollees hadn’t been reached by the cut-off date for the committee’s survey, April 15, and that the due date for many others hasn’t been reached to this day. The giant health insurer Wellpoint says the payment ratio of enrollees whose premium date has already passed is “ranging up to 90 percent.” –Health Care Service Corp., which operates Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas, says its payment ratio on exchange plans ranges from 85% to 88% for policies with effective dates from Jan. 1 through March 1. On policies effective April 1, the ratio was 83%. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Government, one of Washington’s most reliable deficit scolds, on Tuesday issued an analysis acknowledging that the ACA has helped to bring down projections of federal healthcare spending from 2011 to 2021 by $900 billion.

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Yahoo: Nigeria’s President At WEF Pledges To Free Kidnapped Girls

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pledged on Thursday to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels, as the hostage crisis overshadowed his opening address to a major conference designed to showcase investment opportunities in Africa’s biggest economy. Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) being hosted in the capital Abuja, Jonathan thanked foreign nations including the United States, Britain, France and China for their support in trying to rescue the girls, who were kidnapped from a secondary school on April 14 by Boko Haram.

France became the latest nation to offer help on Wednesday, saying it was boosting intelligence ties with Nigeria and sending security service agents there to tackle Boko Haram, the militant group which claimed the mass kidnapping. With more than 4,000 troops operating between Mali to the west and Central African Republic to the east, Paris has a major interest in preventing Nigeria’s security from deteriorating and has warned that Boko Haram could spread north into the Sahel. In the latest big Islamist attack in Nigeria, 125 people were killed on Monday when gunmen rampaged through a town in the northeast near the Cameroon border.

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Jeanne Sahadi: Uncle Sam Runs $114 Billion Surplus In April

The U.S. Treasury Department booked a $114 billion surplus in April, the largest for that month since 2008, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Wednesday. For the first seven months of this fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, the CBO estimates the country has racked up a $301 billion deficit, which is $187 billion lower than it was for the same period last year. Federal coffers saw a 7% increase in individual income taxes and payroll taxes, a 15% increase in corporate income taxes, and a 37% increase in money paid to Treasury by the Federal Reserve.

Meanwhile, overall spending fell by 2%. Areas that saw the biggest drops included unemployment benefits and homeland security (both down 31%), agriculture (down 12%) and defense spending (down 5%). Much of the drop in overall spending is attributable to bigger payments from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Treasury. According to the weird accounting rules of the federal budget, those payments are counted as “negative” spending.

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Alan Pyke: CEO Of Biggest Fast Food Chain Comes Out In Favor Of A Minimum Wage Increase

The founder and CEO of Subway says a minimum wage increase wouldn’t be such a bad thing for his stores and workers and believes it should be changed so that wages rise automatically with inflation. “I’m not concerned,” CEO Fred DeLuca said on Wednesday when CNBC asked him about minimum wage hikes. “Over the years, I’ve seen so many of these wage increases. I think it’s normal. It won’t have a negative impact hopefully, and that’s what I tell my workers.” DeLuca’s support is noteworthy in part because of the size of his business. Subway has the most locations of any fast food chain. While a majority of small business owners support a $10.10 wage hike, major corporations of that scale typically oppose raising wages. DeLuca had previously warned that raising the minimum wage too rapidly would be a “bad idea” that could damage businesses, while acknowledging that “minimum-wage workers deserve to make more.”

At the time that he offered that warning in 2013, President Obama was proposing a minimum wage hike from $7.25 to $9 an hour. Since then, Obama has joined congressional progressives in calling for a $10.10 hourly minimum, which would nearly recoup the purchasing power low-wage workers have lost to inflation over the past 40 years. In the 15 months since DeLuca criticized proposed wage hikes as too rapid, low-wage worker strikes have spread from a handful of New York fast food stores to a hundred cities in all parts of the country, ratcheting up the pressure on lawmakers to act on wages. On Wednesday, workers announced plans for strikes in 150 U.S. cities and protests in 30 other countries across six continents.

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CRFB: The $900 Billion Slowdown In Federal Health Care Spending

With April’s updated projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), spending on major federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act’s exchange subsidies) has now been revised downward by $900 billion, or 0.4 percent of GDP, cumulatively from 2011 through 2021, just since their March 2011 projections. Buoyed by a 23 percent drop in the cost of Medicare Part D and a 15 percent decline in the projected costs of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) new coverage through Medicaid and the exchanges, this remarkable slowdown has been a bright spot amidst an otherwise still dim fiscal outlook.

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Another interesting comparison is to look at how much federal health care spending has changed since before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The last pre-ACA CBO baseline was in March 2010 and projected net spending on Medicare and Medicaid at $1.34 trillion in 2020. The April 2014 baseline, though, actually estimates spending on those programs plus the ACA’s exchange subsidies in 2020 will be $70 billion lower than before the ACA was even enacted, at $1.27 trillion.

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Ronan Keenan: Obamacare Will Be Vindicated By History: From JFK To FDR, Here’s How The Nation’s Memory Works

Not everyone viewed the introduction of Obamacare as cause for national celebration, but that doesn’t mean history won’t remember it as such. Time has a habit of changing the perception of presidential initiatives. The Gettysburg Address may be the most iconic speech made in America, but not everyone shared that sentiment in 1863. Far from being revered as an affirmation on human equality, Lincoln’s words were roundly criticized by the Democrats of the day, while the Chicago Times described the president’s efforts as “silly, flat and dishwatery utterances.” While seemingly difficult to imagine, decades from now history will note that the Affordable Care Act symbolized one of the great presidential efforts to fight inequality in America. Long forgotten will be today’s headlines of a temperamental website, deadline delays and mixed messages about keeping existing plans. Instead, it will be heralded that Barack Obama made a superior healthcare service available to the masses.

With more than 7 million enrolled, Obamacare is here to stay. Regardless of future modifications, of which there will be many, affordable healthcare has been instituted in the United States, dragging millions away from the threat of imminent bankruptcy and terminal illness. Obama will be appreciated as the first black president who also made healthcare a reality for everyone. It will define his legacy, with his political missteps whittled from his narrative. Republicans are on the wrong side of history, but their obstructionism will fade from public consciousness. We like to think that a time will return when the nation supported the conviction of its leader. But great achievements aren’t born from support from the masses, they happen when someone risks derision to surpass the status quo.

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Andrew Prokop: Study: On Economics, Obama’s Judges Are The Most Liberal In 50 Years

How liberal are President Obama’s judges? A new study by two political scientists tries to answer that question. Robert Carp and Kenneth Manning examine about 50,000 federal judicial opinions between 1932 and 2013, including 683 by Obama’s district court appointees, and code each opinion as liberal or conservative. 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:

Note particularly the difference between Obama and Clinton’s judges — Obama’s made 66 percent liberal decisions, compared to 54 percent for Clinton’s. Carp and Manning code these opinions based on whether the judges sided with businesses. “In the area of government regulation of the economy, liberal judges would probably uphold legislation that benefited working people or the underdog,” they write. “A typical case might be a dispute between a labor union and a company — a worker alleging a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, or a petitioner challenging the right of a government regulator to circumscribe his activity.”

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On This Day

President Obama reacts to seeing speechwriter Cody Keenan outside the Oval Office on May 8, 2009. Keenan dressed up as a pirate for an Oval Office photo shot for use in the President’s speech to the White House Correspondents Association dinner May 9, 2010

President Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with President-elect Jacob Zuma of South Africa, May 8, 2009

President Obama is reflected in a mirror as he waits backstage before being introduced for remarks at a Latino Town Hall meeting on the H1N1 swine flu virus May 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets people in the audience after delivering the keynote address at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 18th Annual Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama jokes with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett backstage before delivering remarks on the economy at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the State University of New York in Albany, N.Y., May 8, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at an awards ceremony in the East Room at the White House, May 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. The First Lady presented the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions from across the country.

President Obama talks with electric utility executives and trade association representatives before a meeting to discuss lessons learned and actions taken since Hurricane Sandy, at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


115 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. May 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I rose and shone. Yoo hoo….anyone to home?

  2. May 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Again? Wow. Stalking the website really works. :) :)

  3. 15 Nerdy Wonka
    May 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

    HEADS UP: First Lady Michelle Obama Presents The 2014 National Medal For Museum And Library Services.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  4. May 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Couldn’t think of a more beautiful soul to find here in the TOD living room than the amazing and inspiring gobrooklyn! Top o’ the morning to you up there, from down here in NC. I think we have the place to ourselves GB…

  5. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    May 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

  6. 19 AJ
    May 8, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Good morning TOD’ers!

  7. May 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Maaaaaaaaaaajestic Nerdy, another R&S gem – thank you sooooooooo much Legend!

  8. 22 amk for obama
    May 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Lotsa good info about what this man and his admin has done, ut. Great work.

  9. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Thank you NW.

    Good Morning TOD

  10. May 8, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Didn’t know Subway had the most locations. I would have said McDonald’s. In any case, good for that CEO and his workers.

  11. 30 amk for obama
    May 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

  12. May 8, 2014 at 10:59 am

    So it’s possible for an organization to give a sitting POTUS an award? GLAAD, are you watching?

  13. 32 LDS
    May 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Good morning TOD Village!
    Congratulations GoBrooklyn!
    Thank you NW for a great R&S.
    I just want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes on yesterday. It was such a beautiful day in NYC I took full advantage of it. So much that I did not get home until after 2:00 am…….(so exhausted)
    It is raining and very cool today. Wow! What a difference a day does make.
    57 and I shafted this day and that was a present all my itself. Everyday I wake up and PBO is our President keeps a serious smile on my face.
    So thank you one and all for thinking about us I am going back to bed. Ate too much last night ……….breakfast can wait for dinner.
    Love you all here for being who you are

    Happy Birthday Linda!
    Wishing you peace, love and CAKE!

  14. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I noticed just now that toddler great grandson had put Spongebob stickers on the TV remote.

    I said, “Oh you put stickers on the remote?”

    He said, “Deco-rating.”

    Off to help him!

  15. 37 LDS
    May 8, 2014 at 11:06 am

    “shared” ^^^^^up above^^^^^

  16. May 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Pretty sure MSM won’t be hyping that surplus. Democratic policies that work are of no interest to them.

  17. 41 hopefruit2
    May 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats to gobrooklyn on #1! :) Thanks UT for this fabulous R & S compilation – you put the MSM to shame.

  18. 42 Linda
    May 8, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Braking News on CNN

    Just In :….Donald Sterling says ” I am not a racist ”

    Our panel will be up next to discuss !!!!

    • 43 LDS
      May 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Storm Thurmond said the same thing while he hid the child he was the father of an African American young woman. And we might add Thomas Jefferson in that circle of racists among others who really believe that what they do and not what they say will make them “less” a racist than others.

  19. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

  20. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

    HGTV is my go-too station so I am happy that the push back worked and they canceled this show…

    • 46 Linda
      May 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

      I love the show Rehab Addict.

      Also Property Brothers and Income Property.

      • 47 donna dem 4 obama
        May 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

        She has a sort of screeching voice on Rehab Addict that I can only take in small doses but I love Property Brothers and Income Property!!!!

        I think that because these guys are twins HGTV thought that they would have the same success with them that the Property Brothers show has. I wouldn’t have watched one second of their show.

    • May 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      OMG…thought I was the only one who is obsessed in watching HGTV. DIY channel is another addiction! Kitchen Cousins is awesome.

  21. 51 Vicki
    May 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Good morning, Nerdy. Once again the Real News is on TOD.
    Thank you.
    The most exciting item on R & S today was the news about Subway supporting minimum wage increases PLUS tying them to inflation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is Huge. Imagine if most, or better yet all, big fast-food chains get behind the Raise The Wage initiative.

    Maybe we will see Obama Administration members dining at Subway on video!

  22. May 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Of course they would:

  23. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

  24. May 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Getting mad at the wrong FLOTUS

  25. 55 57andfemale
    May 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Okay, this is catty but funny:

  26. May 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    “So far and as expected, the new health care law has been a net positive for LifePoint with respect to Medicaid expansion,” CEO Bill Carpenter said during the call. “In the seven states where we operate that have expanded coverage, we saw increasing Medicaid and decreasing self-pay volumes. Increases in Medicaid membership and health insurance exchange participation contributed measurably to our results in the quarter. While we don’t expect additional states to expand coverage in 2014, we’re optimistic that more conversions will occur over time.”…..

    “….HCA was more measured in its response to reform’s early effects, with execs noting that it’s still early in the process, and that only four of the company’s states have expanded Medicaid. In those states, however, the company has seen Medicaid admission growth and a 29 percent decline in uninsured admissions, compared to a 5.9 percent increase in uninsured admissions in non-expansion sates, CFO Bill Rutherford said during the earnings call.

    • 57 Lovepolitics2008
      May 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      It seems republicans were taken by surprised when health insurers didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear. So this means that many of them BELIEVED the bull**** they were peddling ? They believed that bogus report saying that only 67% paid their premiums ? When just a few minutes of work and A FUNCTIONING BRAIN were enough to understand that this number of 67% was totally distorted ?

      I thought republicans were hypocrites. I thought they knew the truth, I thought they knew that the so-called “problems” with ACA were not real. I thought they were just playing politics.

      Maybe the majority of them are simply IDIOTS. Incompetents. Who don’t know anything. Who don’t know how to analyze reports. Idiots who simply follow scripts given to them by manipulators.

      I’m puzzled.

      In the same vein… They must believe all the fraudulent analysis of Paul Ryan. Serious economists, professionals at CBO have debunked Ryan’s numbers and fantasies a long time ago. But for them Ryan is a god and the MAJORITY of serious economists who laugh at Ryan “must be idiots”.

      Same for climate change. The vast majority of COMPETENT people say the problem is real and very very serious. But they don’t accept it.

      Gosh, same for every thing… The republican politicians are not necessarily evil people; they are, at the root, INCOMPETENT. NO KNOWLEDGE of economics in general, of health care economics, of history and foreign policy; no knowledge in sociology, in climate, in biology. You name it.

      Maybe more than the religious fanaticism, it’s the lack of brain power in the republican party that is the REAL problem.

  27. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

  28. 59 Ladyhawke
    May 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    The Already Asked-And-Answered Questions Fox Wants To Know From The Benghazi Select Committee

    http://mediamatters.org/research/2014/05/07/the-already-asked-and-answered-questions-fox-wa/199208

  29. May 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I hope that our President’ acceptance speech of the Shoah award is posted here. Highly recommeded.

    First time I’ve watched on the CBS widget, which was fascinating. The camera pretty much stayed focused on PBO, even during Conan’s quips. It did break away briefly when Bruce Springsteen performed his two songs and when Steven Spielberg introduced PBO.

    Seems like the speech hasn’t gotten much media attention, but to me, it was one of his most personal.

    He spoke about how everyone has a story, and how the tragic suffering of the Syrian children weigh on him.

    He intertwined his great-uncle’s shell shock (didn’t use those words or PTSD, but did understand how the trauma of WWII’s atrocities burdened him) with those who survived that horror.

    He spoke of his great friendships with Elie Wiesel and Steven Spielberg, and how Elie said that “Memory is our duty,” meaning that it’s the duty of the young to seek out the history of their living relatives and deceased ancestors and take action based on that history.

    I liked the widget because it was a “slice of life” experience with no talking heads. Just the camera and the participants. It looked like Kate Capeshaw is a non-stop chatter, who pretty much ignored PBO. She made up for it when he left by taking his face in both hands and kissing PBO on both cheeks.

    And Liam Neeson apparently got PBO’s autograph. How great is that?

    And to the GOP and RWNJs. You’ve got no candidate who is as remotely genuine and charismatic as PBO, and your “talent” surrogates like Meatloaf can’t hold a candle to The Boss, Spielberg and Neeson.

    • May 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      ty for you heartfelt comments about the speech…i missed it yesterday….went to bed early….but just when i think i could not love President Barack Hussein Obama any more…then something happens to show me that i can…

    • 63 Nerdy Wonka
      May 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Scroll back up to Rise and Shine. You’ll see that the speech was already posted.

      • May 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        I saw a video that was only 2 minutes long.

        Apologize for missing it.

        Regardless, it was very personal and heartfelt.

        And has something for the naysayers who harangue PBO about the horrific quandry that is Syria.

        Thanks for posting the video, NW.

  30. May 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

    In 21st-century America, it’s entirely possible for poor people to have much of the same material comforts — cars, TVs, computers, smartphones — as more affluent people, yet be trapped in low-paying jobs with little prospect of improvement. That’s the takeaway from this eye-opening chart, produced by The New York Times. As it and the accompanying story make clear, prices for a wide range of manufactured goods have plummeted in recent years, making yesterday’s luxuries widely affordable despite stagnating wages for most workers. As the Times put it, “the differences in what poor and middle-class families consume on a day-to-day basis are much smaller than the differences in what they earn.”

    The differences, though, show up in services — particularly the sort of services (education, health care, child care) that enable people to find and keep better-paying jobs and, over time, move themselves and their families up the socioeconomic ladder.

  31. May 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

    WASHINGTON — “I am a lawyer’s judge,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said last year. “I write very technically.”

    That was true at the time. But something has changed in the current Supreme Court term. In opinions concerning human rights abuses, the death penalty and, most notably, affirmative action, Justice Sotomayor has found her voice. “She’s setting a public agenda,” said Cristina Rodriguez, a law professor at Yale. “She’s looking for her moments. And her willingness to talk about how biography informs judgments challenges a lot of people’s notions about what the law is supposed to do.”

    Justice Sotomayor, 59, is approaching her fifth anniversary on the Supreme Court, where she has emerged as an increasingly confident figure. In the last term, she asked more questions than any other justice. In the current one, she has staked out positions that have led to testy exchanges with colleagues across the ideological spectrum. She is a kind of folk hero to the adoring crowds who attend her public appearances by the thousands. Her memoir, which told the story of her ascent from a housing project in the Bronx, was a best seller. Some call her “the people’s justice.”………..

  32. 67 sherijr
    May 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I missed so much yesterday… I want to wish belated Happy Birthday’s to LDS & 57- have another on me :) and I think I read that today is Dakota’s birthday- so Happy Happy Birthday to you! Also sending positive thoughts and speedy healing wishes to YardArm today.. will be thinking of you, sir.

    • 68 sherijr
      May 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

      I was able to watch POTUS’ speech last night… he was, as always so uplifting, humane and thoughtful… I found myself wondering about all the amazing things he’ll do around this world when he is no longer President.

    • 69 57andfemale
      May 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I will pop another bottle of bubbly just cause you told me to.

      You know you’re getting old when it’s the fried food you regret the next day, and not alcohol. We have a great Italian restaurant half a block from our house and they have the best calamari.

      Mr. 57 did a ‘stocking stuffer’ birthday: a birthday bag of kitchen gadgets, etc. I thought it was adorable.

  33. 73 Linda
    May 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

    CNN is TMZ for politics.

    Monica….Monica….Monica……

    Sterling….Sterling…..Sterling……

    Benghazi….Benghazi…..Benghazi…..

  34. May 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    “In other words, Kristol said that when it comes to the epic battle between the two parties about the role of government, health care reform would transform the debate. That indicates that even beyond the positive outcomes of Obamacare, its passage and implementation will finally tilt the scales away from the Reagan philosophy of government as the problem. That’s what Republicans believe!

    I’ll grant you that a lot of the American public isn’t there yet. But with the passage of every milestone indicating its success, we get closer to the day that happens. The replacement of Obamacare as the central issue for Republicans in the 2014 midterms by Benghazi! demonstrates that at some level they know that is underway”

  35. 75 amk for obama
    May 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  36. 76 amk for obama
    May 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  37. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  38. 78 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Oh I just read that our Yardarm is having surgery today.

    Sending well wishes and a speedy recovery your way Mate!!!

    • May 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Is he having cataract surgery?

      A colleague of mine had that done to one eye, and he raved about his improved vision (brightened everything for him) that he wanted it done to his other eye, but the doctor declined because it wasn’t needed. :(

      • 80 sherijr
        May 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        My mom had it done to both eyes a year or so ago.. she has always needed glasses for near sightedness- since a child- so when they did the cataract surgeries (each eye at different times) they also took care of her near-sightedness… she cried with joy- at 80 she sees better than ever before in her life, no longer needing contacts!

    • May 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Ditto…..

      Praying for the best possible outcome

  39. 82 japa21
    May 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  40. 83 amk for obama
    May 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  41. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    May 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  42. May 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    “What Ukrainians Must Do”

    “Ukraine can defeat Russia, as Russia is nothing but a self-imagined giant, with llittle intelligence and even less power. While a Russian invasion is still very probable and Ukraine needs to be eternally vigilant against any aggression, it is also high time that Ukraine begin to present its long-term strategies to wean itself off Russia and its negative influence, and to develop a truly European society, state and nation. Putin is frightened by the idea of a European society and mentality taking hold in Ukraine and subsequently spreading to Russia, so he will do everything to obstruct Ukraine on this path. Going this way without going astray is the best defense Ukraine has against Russia and its hostile influence.”

    Full and important article: http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/05/08/what-ukrainians-must-do-part-2/

  43. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    May 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  44. 88 MightyPamela
    May 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Happy Birthday to Dakota! I’m outta here, not sure when I’ll be back. Just so love having PBO on our best left coast!! http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  45. 92 57andfemale
    May 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  46. 93 GGail
    May 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t wish no birthday greetings to invisible people…if today’s your birthday – show yourself and speak up. Today is NOT the day to be shy. :-)

  47. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  48. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I didn’t read the link, but I can imagine.

  49. 104 Bill R.
    May 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Great posts! I don’t do fast food, except for Subway. Now I’m glad I do.

    • 105 GGail
      May 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Out here in the Los Angeles area, the majority of latino’s prefer Subway over Quiznos or Togo’s.

  50. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  51. May 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    EVIL ….

  52. 108 hopefruit2
    May 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  53. 109 57andfemale
    May 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

  54. 110 Linda
    May 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Well…well…well….it turns out that the wife of Scott Walker’s attorney used to work for Judge Randa who halted the investigation and ordered the evidence destroyed.

  55. 111 amk for obama
    May 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    gunnite.

    also. too. fu m$.

  56. 113 Debra
    May 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Don Lemon just went off on some repub on Legal View about Michelle Obama and the hashtag Save are girls. It was outstanding. Did anyone else see it?

    • May 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Just spotted this in my TL, Debra. Don Lemon to former host of a prime time CNN show, and current Blaze(Glenn Beck) stooge got taken to the woodshed by Don….. “I’ve been on TV w/ you before….I know your game” here is the full exchange:


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