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Rise and Shine

Pete Souza: “To appreciate this photograph, one must know the iconic photograph by Stanley Tretick of John Kennedy Jr. crawling out from the trap door of this same desk while his father, President Kennedy, worked at the desk. Caroline Kennedy had stopped by to see President Obama, and when she mentioned that he was using the same desk as her father, the President immediately remembered the Tretick picture and tried to open the trap door. It was locked and no one had a key.” March 9, 2009

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Today (All Times Eastern)

12:45 PM EDT: The President delivers remarks on energy, Walmart, Mountain View, California

1:45 PM EDT: Departs California

6:35 PM EDT: Arrives White House

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Taegan Goddard: ObamaCare Is Working – And The GOP Is Shifting Its Attack

After pounding Democrats on ObamaCare for the last several years, Republicans have a big problem. The law is working and their message is falling flat. This was confirmed again by testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday in which health care industry executives surprised Republican lawmakers. They said the law has not led to a government takeover of the industry, that most enrollees are paying their premiums as required, and that premiums are not certain to go up next year as Republicans claim. With more than 8 million people enrolled in health plans through the ObamaCare exchanges, many Republicans know it’s much harder to repeal the law now than it might have been several years ago. And they tried more than 50 times already without success.

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David Jackson: Obama Touts Energy Plans, Trumpets W. House Solar Panels

President Obama will announce new plans Friday designed to boost solar power and promote energy efficiency, including the completed installation of solar panels on the White House roof. The solar panels on the president’s residence are “part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building,” said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich. During a visit to Wal-Mart in Mountain View, Calif., near San Jose, Obama will also outline what aides call some 300 “private and public sector commitments” designed to create jobs and reduce carbon pollution.

The speech comes three days after the administration issued a report saying that climate change caused by pollution is already damaging the environment and triggering extreme weather conditions. The initiatives Obama will announce Friday include programs aimed at financing for new solar business ventures, training and developing a solar workforce, and enforcing new building codes to promote efficiency. Private companies, including Wal-Mart, will commit to similar projects, the White House said. The plans are projected to create enough new solar energy to power more than 130,000 homes, and energy savings that are the equivalent of taking 80 million cars off the road for one year, the White House said.

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One of the best stigma reducing pieces and videos I’ve seen on abortion. She uses facts to combat the rightwing extremism and lies. Bravo, Cosmopolitan for featuring this article.

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Emily Letts: Why I Filmed My Abortion

When Emily Letts got pregnant, she knew she would get an abortion. Then she decided to film it. Letts, 25, is an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey, which is where she had her abortion. The non-graphic video focuses on her face and shows her breathing and humming through the procedure. The doctor on the other side of the sheet is out of view. When she entered the Abortion Care Network’s Stigma Busting video competition and won, the video went viral. Here, she explains why she decided to share her experience so publicly. I searched the Internet, and I couldn’t find a video of an actual surgical procedure in the clinic that focused on the woman’s experience. We talk about abortion so much and yet no one really knows what it actually looks like. A first trimester abortion takes three to five minutes. It is safer than giving birth. There is no cutting, and risk of infertility is less than 1 percent. Yet women come into the clinic all the time terrified that they are going to be cut open, convinced that they won’t be able to have kids after the abortion. The misinformation is amazing, but think about it: They are still willing to sacrifice these things because they know that they can’t carry the child at this moment.

There are three options for a first-trimester abortion: medical abortion, which is the pill; a surgical abortion with IV sedation, where you’re asleep through the whole thing; and a surgical abortion with local anesthesia during which you’re awake. The first night I posted the video to my Facebook page, I couldn’t sleep. Then I looked at my Facebook wall. I was expecting this tsunami of hateful, scary things, but everyone was so breathtakingly supportive. People who I have never talked to started writing their own abortion stories. I had one woman who messaged me saying she’d had an abortion that week and she was plagued with guilt. Her boyfriend called her a killer, but she said she was recovering well and appreciated the video. Another woman told me she’d had a miscarriage and that because of my video she felt like she could talk to me about it. Just all of these things started pouring out of women.

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Derek Willis: The Most Republican Company?: The Makers Of Wonder Bread

The most Republican-leaning company in the country, based on political donations, isn’t Koch Industries. It’s the company that makes Wonder Bread. The political action committee of Flowers Foods, a Georgia company that produces the pillowy sandwich bread, Tastykakes and Nature’s Own baked goods, has given more than 99 percent of its political contributions since 1979 to Republicans. Only three Democratic congressional candidates have gotten money from its PAC since 1984, and not one in the past 20 years. Most corporations involved in national politics don’t operate this way. Despite its largess, Flowers keeps a low profile that masks the motives for its one-sided giving. It’s based in Thomasville, a southwestern Georgia city just over the Florida border best known for an annual rose festival and grand antebellum homes.

There are other companies that lean heavily toward Republicans: The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store PAC routinely gives them more than 80 percent of its contributions. The PAC of Phillips International, a financial information publisher, gave a combined $1,100 to just two Democrats between 1994 and 2006, compared with more than $545,000 to Republicans. The California-based radio and publishing company Salem Communications, which like Phillips has openly embraced a conservative message, also gives almost nothing to Democrats. Some trade associations, like the Associated Builders and Contractors, have long been exclusive donors to Republicans, much the way many labor unions have given almost all of their contributions to Democrats. But none of those companies have given as much money as Flowers has, and over as long a period of time.

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NBC News: The Newest Benghazi Controversy: Political Fundraising

House Speaker John Boehner would not say Thursday if the House GOP’s campaign arm should stop including the Benghazi attacks in fundraising appeals. Asked three times whether the National Republican Congressional Committee should be fundraising based on what they call Democratic obstruction of the Benghazi investigation, Boehner answered only: “Our focus is on getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones. Period.”  An NRCC email sent Wednesday morning included a link to “become a Benghazi watchdog” – which led to a page where supporters can donate cash. A separate website called “BenghaziWatchdogs.com” still contains a link encouraging visitors to “help fight liberals by donating today.”

Democrats say that’s inappropriate and calls attention to the political nature of the GOP focus on Benghazi. In a statement sent minutes before Boehner’s weekly press conference began, Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the Democratic counterpart to the NRCC, called the Republican cash appeal “callous.” “Fundraising off the Benghazi tragedy is despicable and insulting and has no place in the national conversation,” he said. “Speaker Boehner and Chairman Walden should immediately take down their BenghaziWatchdogs.com website and stop insulting the memory of the brave Americans who were lost there.”

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Eleanor Kennedy: HCA, Community Health Systems And LifePoint Starting To See Benefits From The Affordable Care Act

One quarter in, Nashville’s publicly traded hospital operators seem optimistic about the effects of the Affordable Care Act on their bottom lines. Community Health Systems CFO Larry Cash told investors and analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday that the ACA should decrease self-pay admissions from about 8 percent to about 4 percent over a three-year period. The company has seen some early moderate impacts, especially in Medicaid expansion states where self-pay admissions have already begun to drop, Cash said. “We believe we have recognized, although on a roughly calculated basis, at least $10 million from the ‘woodwork effect’ [in which people currently eligible for Medicaid but who had yet to sign up will now do so because of the ACA] and the Affordable Care Act for additional Medicaid business,” Cash said.

Brentwood-based LifePoint was also high on the ACA’s impacts during its first-quarter earnings call last week, with company leadership emphasizing Medicaid expansion’s effects in many of the states where it operates hospitals. “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.

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Elise Vebeck: Obama’s HHS Nominee Breezes Through Senate Confirmation Hearing

Senate Republicans mounted little resistance Thursday to Sylvia Burwell, President Obama’s nominee to replace Kathleen Sebelius as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While several of the senators played up their opposition to ObamaCare, most Republicans called Burwell a qualified pick, and several went out of their way to praise the former Clinton administration official as uniquely suited to lead HHS. GOP lawmakers solicited Burwell’s views on major policy debates, such as how ObamaCare will affect the economy, the deficit and federal healthcare costs. Not surprisingly, Burwell sided with the administration on every point. “The Affordable Care Act is strengthening the economy … reducing the deficit and providing great savings,” she said.

At the same time, Burwell played up her desire to be flexible on certain issues, like states’ desire to expand Medicaid in alternative ways. She also sought to quiet debate on the cost-cutting Independent Payment Advisory Board and other controversial topics. “IPAB never needs to be used,” Burwell said, noting that the panel is only triggered when the rate of healthcare spending rises above a certain level. “In the current window that we’re looking at, it is our estimate that it would never be activated,” she said. The path to confirmation for Burwell would look very different had Senate Democrats not used the “nuclear option” last year. The procedural maneuver gave Democrats the power to confirm nominees like Burwell with a simple majority vote, which means they can approve Obama’s choices without any Republican support. Last April, she was confirmed to head the Office of Management and Budget by a vote of 96-0.

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Scott Keyes: Before Obamacare, GOP Candidate Was Denied Health Coverage For Adopting A Child

In a parallel universe, Matt Bevin might not be an anti-Obamacare crusader, but instead a poster child for the issues with the old health insurance industry and the ways in which the Affordable Care Act now prevents insurers from taking advantage of consumers. That’s because Bevin, a Republican Senate candidate trying to unseat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), himself was once the victim of an unfair insurance industry practice: Denying coverage to consumers because of a pre-existing condition. During a campaign stop in western Kentucky on Monday, Bevin told the crowd that after leaving a job, “My wife and I literally didn’t have health care for about a year because of a pre-existing condition.”

Was it cancer? Heart disease? Pancreatitis? No. It wasn’t a health condition at all. “I was rather shocked… What it was is that we were adopting. That’s considered a pre-existing condition,” Bevin said. He and his wife have four adopted children from Ethiopia in total. As a result, Bevin noted, “For over a year or so, I had no coverage for my entire family. That’s a little bit unnerving for people.” Bevin’s experience is exactly the type of ordeal that families no longer have to go through now that Obamacare is the law of the land. Despite unwittingly making a succinct case in favor of health reform, Bevin’s takeaway from his own insurance debacle was that we need to repeal Obamacare and instead “let states come up with solutions.”

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Eugene Robinson: Obama’s Transformational Presidency

Is it safe to say that Barack Obama’s presidency will be remembered as the most consequential since Ronald Reagan’s — a presidency that “changed the trajectory of America” and “put us on a fundamentally different path”? In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come. Reagan’s great achievement at home was to shift the political spectrum to the right. People tend to forget how radical his ideas once seemed. His biggest legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, is a landmark because it establishes the principle that health care should be considered a right, not a privilege. Democrats such as Harry Truman — and Republicans such as Richard Nixon — sought for decades to move the nation toward universal care. The fact that Obama succeeded where others failed is, in itself, a huge achievement.

Health care is part of a larger suite of issues on which Obama has swung the pendulum back to the left. He made the case, for example, that more regulation of the financial sector was needed. Republicans were forced to give way. The president has been hammering away in speeches about the need for an increase in the minimum wage. Republicans haven’t caved on this yet, but in the end they almost surely will because of widespread public support for it. Whether Democrats lose the Senate or not, Obama will have a tough time getting significant legislation passed in his final two years. Please don’t tell me he simply needs to be a better politician, like Bill Clinton. Obama ran rings around both Clintons in 2008. A black man with the middle name Hussein who gets elected president twice should be in the all-time-all-world Politics Hall of Fame.

Obama is not the first president to endorse multilateralism, but he may be the first to mean it. He agreed to use force in Libya only after France and Britain nominally took the lead. He has kept the NATO allies together in cautiously dealing with the Ukraine crisis. He has refused to be drawn into Syria because he is unsure whether intervention would make the situation better or worse. The president realizes that even the most powerful nation on earth cannot mediate every dispute, take sides in all wars, alleviate all suffering. He acknowledges our limitations and more narrowly defines our national interest. The public approves, even if some foreign policy sages are apoplectic.

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Boss Move Of The Day

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On This Day

President Obama watches the action during a break from playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama stops to talk with families after playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reacts to a comment made at the White House Correspondents Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama “meets” with speechwriter Cody Keenan, who dressed as a pirate for an Oval Office photo taken for use in the President’s humorous speech to the White House Correspondents Association dinner May 9, 2009. “But as I said during the campaign, we can’t just talk to our friends. As hard as it is, we also have to talk to our enemies, and I’ve begun to do exactly that,” the President said in his speech. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks on the phone to Solicitor General Elena Kagan from the Treaty Room in the White House residence, Sunday night, May 9, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the economic situation in Europe, prior to the Hampton University commencement in Hampton, Va., Sunday, May 9, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the “Pit Crew Challenge” during an event with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on the South Lawn of the White House, May 9, 2011. The First Lady visited seven activity stations during the event, which helped promote both the Let’s Move! and Joining Forces initiatives. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama walks through the Rose Garden of the White House for an outdoor meeting with senior staff, May 9, 2011. Walking with the President, from left, are: Senior Advisor David Plouffe, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Counselor to the President Pete Rouse, and Counsel to the President Bob Bauer (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with senior staff in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 9, 2011. Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is seen at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 9, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama watches a demonstration by Oscar Perez and Bobford Do as he tours a classroom at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, May 9, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Prince Harry of Wales, and Dr. Jill Biden help military children create Mother’s Day cards and other crafts in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 9, 2013. The children presented the gifts to their moms during the Joining Forces Military Mother’s Day Tea in the East Room. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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120 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    May 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

    <3

  2. May 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Monumental Nerdy, monuflippinmental!!!! Thank you Legend!!

  3. 7 desertflower
    May 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Thank you, Nerdy:) Congrats, MP:) Off to work for me…Friday’s good!!

  4. 10 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, and congrats Mighty P on #1 :)

    Thanks UT for this wonderful Friday R & S roundup! I look forward to hearing our PBO’s energy speech this afternoon. :)

  5. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    May 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

  6. 15 whatisworking
    May 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    Big News

    I was at the San Jose fund raiser last night, and was able to get a picture with the President. It will arrive next week and I will share it with everyone. He was very kind, tall handsome, and gracious. It was a blur. I think I looked into the camera and smiled but I am not sure. The pictures arrive in a week and I will post them when I get them.

    He gave a very inspiring speech and emphasized how important the midterm elections were.

    Last surprising tidbit is that I was on Channel 7 news. It is just me walking through the front door of the Fairmont, but I had not realized I had been filmed until one of my volunteers sent me an email.

    http://abc7news.com/politics/pres-obama-back-in-the-bay-area-for-fundraisers/49390/

    The first video on the page, the announcer is saying “attendees who paid between 32,000″ and a short woman with brown hair and a black coat walks through the door. Thats me.

    I can’t say this enough. Volunteer to work on the upcoming elections and life will hand you unexpected opportunities you could never imagine. I am truly blessed to have spent the evening at this event and very fired up to do all I can to help PBO have a Congress he can work with in 2015.

    • 16 mtmarilyn
      May 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Wow, WIW, you are a rock star!!!! You deserve these moments. You have done so much and this is your reward. Thank you for all you do.

      • 17 whatisworking
        May 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

        Thanks Marilyn

        I wish I could have put everyone from this blog in my pocket and brought them along. The blog authors (Chips and her helpers) inspire me daily to do the work. I could not have kept going without this place. Truly and amazing community.

    • May 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

      I see you! I watched that report last night and was sooooo jealous. I’m ecstatic that you got to have a photo taken! POTUS is so gracious, handsome and magnetic. It’s such an absolute thrill to be in his presence!

    • 19 TrumpDog
      May 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

      The coolest. experience. EVER!

      Wish you had snuck in a kiss for me, but it’s all good.

      Way to go.

      • 20 whatisworking
        May 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

        A kiss is a great idea, but I was trying hard to breathe, not cry, and speak in a coherent sentence. Much harder than I thought. Maybe we can both meet the President in the years to come and give him kisses on both cheeks at once.

    • May 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

      How Wonderfulllllllll…Linda…..
      i can hardly wait to see your pictures…

    • 22 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

      WOW – Bless you, WIW! Thanks for sharing last night’s experience with us. Your volunteering and “call-to-action” activities over these years have been very inspiring!

    • 23 amk for obama
      May 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

      wow wiw.

      post the pic when you get it. (let’s make bt green).

    • May 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Oh WiW, that is wonderful!!! Absolutely thrilled for you, you deserved that meeting soooooo much after all the work you have put in, fantastic!

    • 26 Nena20409
      May 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

      WIW ;) ? You are definitely working ;)

      Congrats.

      Holy Smokes.

    • 27 GGail
      May 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      OFA Linda does it again!!! You go girl!!!!!

    • May 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      You totally deserve it, Linda, given all you have done, day after day, to support our President!!! Way to go!!!

  7. May 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Per an email I received last night from WH spox regarding the solar panels:

    “The retrofit includes the installation of energy-saving equipment such as updated building controls and variable speed fans, as well as 6.3 kilowatts of solar generation[…]”

    This is a big deal.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

      It is a BFD..but the media wants us instead to be distracted by WALMART.

      • May 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

        Not sure I follow. Is that the president’s venue for today?

        • May 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

          Yes, and that’s all that is getting attention. Whatever, we will all do our best to get the word out.

        • 33 hopefruit2
          May 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

          Yes, he’s giving the energy speech at a Walmart store in CA. Apparently he’s using the store to highlight a very specific and broad use of energy efficient techniques – while taking the opportunity to announce and promote his energy initiatives.

          The WSJ put out an article saying that a Worker’s Union “warned PBO against” the Walmart venue. My questions to the unions are: Did they take the time to find out exactly why he decided to use this Walmart venue? Did they propose a better/superior venue to promote his energy initiatives? Do they see his speaking there as undermining their cause of wanting to raise the wages for their workers – and if so, how exactly?

  8. 35 africa
    May 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

    N&W another Spectacular R&S. Thank you.

    Boy that Scott Keyes story about Matt Bevin is dizzying. There is a missing screw somewhere.

    Have a great day!!

  9. 36 daisydem
    May 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Dear ones at TOD, the first photo is bittersweet for me. I love Caroline and our President and am glad they can remember that desk and that event an laugh or smile: it was/is a great photo, it is just that I live in a state of denial about Johh-John. I Have not come to terms with his death. I am 64 years old and fairly intelligent, but my heart refuses to accept. I loved him.

    • May 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

      I know how you feel. I had an eery airplane crash dream the night before his plane went missing. It was a very weird feeling and I still couldn’t believe what happened. He was a bit of a rogue but he had a lot of promise.

      • 38 daisydem
        May 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        I felt that way too…I just love him and his impish nature. I felt that he might not enter politics (Jackie did not want him to) but that he would “serve” in other ways. He was charismatic and just so cute. I felt motherish! I am still dealing with this loss an/or as I said just refusing to accept. Probably not healthy for me.

  10. May 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Another Aweswomeeeeeeee Rise and Shine….thanks

  11. 40 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I don’t mean to be all tin foil, but I notice every time I go after a GOPer/Libertarian on Twitter, Twitter ducks me a follower. As if that would prevent me from telling it like it is (snort). :)

  12. 41 Judith Fardig
    May 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    NW – another beautiful post which I’m happy to see MightyPamela commented on first. WhatisWorking – how wonderful an evening you had!!! Did you sleep?

    • 42 whatisworking
      May 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I did because standing in line for such a long time tuckered me out. I was not that nervous until we saw him. Then it hit me. After we had about 2 hours of drive home time for me to come down from the clouds. I really appreciate hearing about what you are doing in your home town. Keep those tweets coming…

  13. 43 mtmarilyn
    May 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Good morning TODville. We are getting some moisture this morning. Need it for my flowers. The ranchers are saying that even though we got plenty of snow in the mountains we didn’t get much in the valleys and the fields are really dry. But you know that there is no climate change.

    Great R&S Nerdy. This has been a very busy week for me but so thankful for all here at TOD to keep me up on all that is going on. Thank you all.

  14. May 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

  15. 45 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    TGIF

    Hello Sunshine TODers

    Great R&S NW. Fantastic as usual. Thanks.

  16. 48 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

  17. May 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

    The Eugen Robinson piece is really good reading. PBO set out to transform this country and he has with two years left to do even more. This is why Republicans hate him so much. He’s dismantling the Reagan legacy right before their eyes. PBO has one more big one imo and this would really be beneficial to the country. Short circuit the mains stream media’s Republican hard wiring. He would also be doing them a huge favor as well.

    • 55 Nena20409
      May 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      I betcha that ERobinson was NOT invited to Mourning Joke this AM.

      Apparently the conversion from the Lying Bishop on the Minimum Wage this AM, came on his ‘exclusive’ appearance on Mourning Joke per Mediaite.

      The man is hurting for attention. Willard wants the UT group to keep his ‘viability’ plausible for a draft Romney for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. I will not be surprised that Mitterrand is the sole funding tool behind this unknown UT political group.

  18. 56 Linda
    May 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Max Headroom could ask better questions than the reporters that cover Congress.

    Nancy Pelosi had to answer THE SAME question at least 6 times just now. ” Are you going to boycott the Select Committee ” ?

  19. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    May 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    If he could have fully Democratic chambers for the rest of his term, this country would keep on surging ahead in leaps and bounds.

  20. 59 Nerdy Wonka
    May 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

  21. 64 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    In that last pic Prince Harry is thinking to himself “damn I can’t believe she’s so tall,beautiful and gracious – the pics as lovely as they may be, don’t measure up to actually seeing her in person.”

    Actually, I’ve heard similar comments first-hand from folks who’ve actually met our FLOTUS in person :) :)

  22. May 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    12:55 PM EDT: The President delivers remarks on energy, Walmart, Mountain View, California

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  23. 71 Bill R.
    May 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

  24. 72 Linda
    May 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Friday announced the Republican members who’ll serve on the select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks of 2012.

    They are:

    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman

    Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)

    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

    Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)

    Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)

    Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

    Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)

  25. 79 Nerdy Wonka
    May 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  26. 81 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    HERE COMES PBO!!!

  27. May 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    :-)

  28. 88 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  29. 89 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Robert Reich and some others who are foaming in their mouths about this Wal-Mart appearance are forgetting that many that shop at these store are low wage folks….more GOPers and if anyone can help them have a change of hearts with Solar, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency……etc……No better than Wal-Mart helping in delivering that Change. Another way of Saving the planet. Wal-Mart has the largest employees in USA.

    POTUS is always strategic and also in building gradual consensus wherever he finds them…..Win, Win, Win as the POTUS just said.

  30. 91 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’m HF2 and I approve this message!

  31. 93 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    PBO just took a warning shot at Walmart – “Walmart is pretty good at counting it’s pennies” basically complimenting their $$-saving strategies and at the same time calling them out on their stinginess on the backs of low-wage workers.

  32. 95 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    • May 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I was just talking with my Republican brother (who voted for PBO twice) and he is VERY sick and tired of the RWNJs in Congress, arguing that they’re wasting time and money on hideous drama that’s all a bunch of lies and distortions. Then he said he had to go because POTUS was on TV. LOLz.

  33. 102 JER
    May 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    • 104 Nena20409
      May 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      The US team just arrived there and they are doing a Better Job than the Nigerian Gov’t who has been awol for the last 23 days?

      WTG US.

      Shame on the Nigerian Gov’t.

    • May 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      My apologies, I’ve just been informed that it is not true US marines are involved. I’m sorry.

  34. 106 JER
    May 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    • 107 jacquelineoboomer
      May 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      I haven’t paid attention to the President’s Walmart visit, but I keep thinking how he’s always 10 steps ahead of the smartest people in the room. (Didn’t he mention not just talking to our friends, but also those who aren’t our friends? This, to me, is both foreign and domestic.) Even bringing out the unions by his presence is a good, Democratic move, because it shines more light on their fairness-in-the-workplace causes. Go, Unions! (He’s the best friend they have today!) I think FLOTUS also got some involvement from Walmart earlier on, relating to the healthy eating initiative.

      I’m IN.

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      May 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

  35. 109 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/our-sun-has-a-sister/361962/

    The ancient Egyptians called it Ra. The ancient Greeks called it Helios. The ancient Mayans called it Kinich Ahau. The ancient Germans called it Sól.

    Our longest-standing and most deeply held myths have so often revolved around the sun in large part because we humans have revolved around the sun. That distant sphere of glowing gas has been, to us fragile creatures, warmth and light and life itself. It has, we now know, been the center of everything we’ve known. No wonder we’ve assumed it was divine.

    Which makes news just coming out of the University of Texas at Austin—soon to be reported in The Astrophysical Journal—particularly monumental. Our familiar star, it turns out, is not unique. Our sun has a sibling—a sister-star that almost certainly originated from the same cloud of gas and dust as our own shining orb.

  36. May 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  37. 111 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm
  38. 113 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Gallup has POTUS at 47% and Rasmussen went from 50% yesterday to 48% today?

    So the real Approval numbers are 54% and 55% respectively when those two pollsters are involved. Fine. I have Zero complaints.

    • May 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      If he’s 48 with Rasmussen – LOL – that’s really 68, Nena :-)

  39. 116 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    h/t bj

  40. 117 JER
    May 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    LIVE: President Obama departs Moffett Field – http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/ktvu-live-news/vtSfR/

  41. May 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  42. 119 JER
    May 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm


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