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Rise and Shine

President Obama with Bo during a brief break from meetings on the South Lawn of the White House May 12, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:0: President Obama meets with President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay

11:0: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Host Their Annual Mothers Day Tea to Honor Military Mothers

1:15: Jay Carney briefs the press

5:25: The President honors the 2014 National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS award winners

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The Week Ahead

Tuesday: The President will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Wednesday: The President and the First Lady will travel to New York. While there, the President will host an event on the economy and attend DNC and DSCC events. More details will be forthcoming.

Thursday: The President and the First Lady will tour the National September 11th Memorial and Museum; the President will also deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. Following his remarks, the President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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BBC: Nigeria kidnapped girls ‘shown’ in new Boko Haram video

A new video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show around 130 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month.

The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said they would be held until all imprisoned militants had been freed.

He said the girls had converted to Islam. The video, released on Monday, claims to show them praying.

Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria on 14 April and threatened to sell them.

The BBC’s John Simpson in the northern city of Maiduguri said Boko Haram’s comments showed signs that the group was willing to negotiate.

More here

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AP: Pregnant women gain new options under health law

The health care law has opened up an unusual opportunity for some mothers-to-be to save on medical bills for childbirth.

Lower-income women who signed up for a private policy in the new insurance exchanges will have access to additional coverage from their state’s Medicaid program if they get pregnant. Some women could save hundreds of dollars on their share of hospital and doctor bills.

Medicaid already pays for nearly half of U.S. births, but this would create a way for the safety-net program to supplement private insurance for many expectant mothers.

Officials and advocates say the enhanced coverage will be available across the country, whether or not a state expands Medicaid under the health law. However, states have different income cutoffs for eligibility, ranging from near the poverty line to solid middle class.

More here

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Miami Herald: The Affordable Care Act gives former foster kids healthcare benefits to age 26, though they may not know it

Rain clouds couldn’t spoil Kenisha Anthony’s afternoon as she emerged from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables on Saturday with an associate degree in social work from Miami Dade College. The 22-year-old from Miami had survived the school of hard knocks that is Florida’s foster care system to reach this moment. Now a provision of the Affordable Care Act promises to help her make an even better start.

As of Jan. 1, Anthony and others who aged out of foster care became eligible for Medicaid until they turn 26, just as other young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans to that age as part of the ACA. But not all former foster children may know about this little-discussed Obamacare benefit, especially if they’re no longer in the system.

More here

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Business Insider: The GOP’s Latest Anti-Obamacare Talking Point Just Went Down In Flames

Last week, the Republican-led House Committee on Energy and Commerce released information claiming only 67% of enrollees in insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act made their first premium payment. The data was paraded around as a talking point ahead of the Obama administration’s final release of stats from the law’s first open enrollment period.

On Wednesday, that talking point blew up.

Three of the country’s largest insurers — Aetna, WellPoint, and Health Care Service Corp., which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in several states — said between 80-90% of new customers who enrolled through Obamacare paid their first month’s premiums. Executives from the companies announced the news in testimony before the very same House Committee on Energy and Commerce where Republicans touted the contrary data last week.

More here

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ThinkProgress: GOP Blatantly Manipulates Obamacare News Footage

The Republican National Committee altered a video clip of a local news story about health insurance premiums in North Carolina to imply that rates would increase under the Affordable Care Act, cutting off the segment just before the reporter explained that “not everyone could be in for the sticker shock.”

The report, aired on the local ABC affiliate last week and posted and tweeted by the RNC, argues that since enrollment of young people did not meet expectations, health insurance would “eventually cost you more.” A small business owner interviewed for the package adds that her family’s premiums have increased since passage of the law and reporter Angelica Alvarez notes that Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest insurance provider, “is warning customers now about what premium prices can look like in 2015.”

But just as Alvarez begins to explain that most customers are unlikely to experience significant premium hikes, the RNC clip abruptly ends.

More here

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Michael Tomasky: Beirut Barracks vs. Benghazi

Republicans are trying to criminalize a tragedy — wholly unprecedented, even after 241 Marines died because of a massive U.S. intelligence failure.

One of the most maddening things about this Benghazi nonsense is the way Republicans have gotten a lot of Americans to go along with the idea that 10 investigations of something is normal; that as long as there’s one unanswered question, one area where the administration’s position is ambiguous or where its cooperation has been anything other than the immediate handing over of any conceivably related document, we still need to get to the bottom of matters.

…. I’m trying to explain as calmly as I can here, to readers with no allegiance to either party, why what the Republicans are doing with Benghazi is so out of bounds. They are turning a political situation into a legal case. They’re trying to impose the standards of the courtroom onto a place where they clearly don’t belong. It’s an awful, poisonous precedent, especially given that the incident in question was a tragedy. Using a national tragedy, the kind of event that used to unite Americans, to turn a political matter into a legal one is just a shocking thing to do, wholly outside the American tradition.

More here

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Paul Waldman: The five stages of GOP scandal-mongering: A reader’s guide

The House of Representatives voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, on the grounds that she had asserted her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer their questions, thereby depriving them of the opportunity for what they hoped would be some spectacular grandstanding. You might think that a group of people with such reverence for the Constitution wouldn’t get so angry when certain portions of it, like the Fifth Amendment, become inconvenient to their political ends. But this contempt vote was like the end of a toddler’s tantrum, the final hoarse scream before the child collapses in an exhausted heap on the floor.

You may be wondering: what ever happened to that IRS scandal, anyway? It went the way of pretty much every Obama administration “scandal,” which is that it turned out to be not nearly as scandalous as Republicans had hoped.

In fact, a clear pattern has emerged on how these scandals have unfolded, one that might be helpful to keep in mind as we start paying attention to Benghazi again. Here’s a handy guide:

More here

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Steve Benen: On Capitol Hill, it’s all about priorities

Since Congress returned from its spring recess, House Republicans have gone to almost comical lengths to focus on discredited “scandals.” GOP lawmakers have created a new special Benghazi committee; they battled each other for slots on the investigatory panel; they’ve voted to hold a former IRS official in contempt; and they’ve talked to the media an awful lot about both “controversies.”

And so it was rather amusing to listen to the Republican Party’s weekly address over the weekend, in which GOP officials demanded to know why those rascally Democrats won’t follow Republicans’ lead and focus on job creation.

…. Let’s make this very simple for everyone involved: if House Republicans are sincere about focusing on job creation, they can (a) give up the witch hunts that they know to be ridiculous; (b) put together a serious jobs package; (c) subject it to independent scrutiny to determine how many jobs the package would create and at what cost; and (d) invite Democrats to the table for talks.

Until then, the propaganda is just noise.

Full post here

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BBC: Ukraine crisis: Self-rule referendums ‘a farce’

Ukraine has condemned two unofficial referendums organised by pro-Russia groups in the east of the country as “a farce” with no legal basis.

Separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions say 89% and 96% respectively voted in favour of “self-rule”.

BBC reporters at polling stations on Sunday witnessed few checks on identity and multiple voting in places.

Russia has called for the results to be implemented without any further outbreaks of violence.

More here

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Smartypants: President Obama’s legacy: A foundation for peace

Let’s be honest – after the terrorist attack on 9/11 this country went on a bit of a freak-out…wars, torture, Gitmo, terror threat levels, TSA, warrantless surveillance, etc. Its easy to simply blame the Bush/Cheney administration. But the truth is, they got re-elected after most of that was underway. So there’s plenty of blame to go around.

President Obama had to deal with the legacy of that freak-out from the moment he was first elected. He assumed office knowing that another terrorist attack like the one this country experienced in 2001 could ignite more of the same. And he knew that allowing that to happen would threaten any attempt to wage a lasting peace.

More here

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Media Matters: Top Cable News Coverage Of Federal Climate Change Report Cast Doubt On Science

Climate Keeps Changing, But Cable Network Reporting Stays The Same

A Media Matters analysis of major cable news coverage of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) revealed that CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News devoted more than three hours of total coverage to the report on its release date, May 6, and the day after. Some reporting, however, gave false balance a national platform, and cable news outlets were more likely to interview politicians than scientists about the threat of global warming.

More here

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ABC: Obama Congratulates Michael Sam

President Obama congratulated Michael Sam today, after he made history as the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL when he was picked by the St. Louis Rams, the White House said.

“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are,” a White House official emailed to ABC News.

More here

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This cracked me up:

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On This Day

Sens. Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Boxer confer during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting to vote on the nomination of John Bolton to be the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. on May 12, 2005, on Capitol Hill

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Sen. Obama plays a game of pool during a stop at Schultzie’s Bar & Hot Spot, May 12, 2008 in Springhill, West Virginia

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Sen. Obama greets supporters before speaking at a campaign rally at the Charleston Civic Center, May 12, 2008 in Charleston, West Virginia

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President Obama and Vice President Biden walk to the Rose Garden of the White House to take part in the Top Cops ceremony May 12, 2009 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama pets the family dog, Bo, during a brief break from meetings on the South Lawn of the White House May 12, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama looks through the Oval Office door peephole as his personal secretary Katie Johnson watches, March 12, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, receptionist Darienne Page, and Vice President Biden share a laugh outside the Oval Office, May 12, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, Tom Nee, President of the National Association of Police Organizations, and Attorney General Eric Holder, in the Oval Office before speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House at an event honoring the National Association of Police Organization’s Top Cops May 12, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder (background) greet the crowd following the Top Cops ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House May 12, 2009 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama signs the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 bill into law in the Oval Office of the White House Tuesday, May 12, 2009. With President Obama are from left: Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL); Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY); Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA); Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO); Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to the East Room for “An Evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken Word, May 12, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the first White House Poetry Jam in the East Room of the White House, May 12, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Poet Maya del Valle performs in the East Room at the first White House Poetry Jam performance event, May 12, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the “When Parents Deploy: Understanding the Experiences of Military Children and Spouses” luncheon at Georgetown University Conference Center on May 12, 2010

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President Obama takes the stage before addressing the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast at the Mellon Auditorium May 12, 2011

President Obama arrives for a ceremony honoring the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS in the Rose Garden at the White House, May 12, 2011

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MoooOOOooorning!


117 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Yessss.

  2. 9 desertflower
    May 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Dear God…save them from themselves. Do it Now.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_05/total_lack_of_focus_for_bengha050297.php

    But Gowdy wants to explore the policy behind our presence in Benghazi, and Speaker Boehner says he wants to explore the lack of security.

    Appearing on Fox News on Sunday morning, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) took a slightly different approach. While he said the select committee should focus on the events leading up to the Benghazi attack, he specifically said that members should investigate “the number of requests for more security and why it was not provided.”

    Was he sleeping when they refused to fund embassy security? I hope this bites them in the ass.

  3. May 12, 2014 at 9:23 am

    And we already knew this from amk! :)

    • 12 amk for obama
      May 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

      yeah, the news orgs, being the rabid dogs they are, rushed out their ‘exit polls’ the moment the voting closed.

  4. 13 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Great toons.

  5. 15 Ladyhawke
    May 12, 2014 at 9:38 am

    HE SAID, SHE SAID LAZY REPORTING AT NYT

    ‘Democrats argue. Republicans contend. We have no idea.’ A he said, she said at the Times.

    BY Jay Rosen (PressThink)

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    Saturday the New York Times published on its front page an article by reporter Jeremy W. Peters about Republican Senator Rand Paul criticizing his party for backing laws that make it harder for some people to vote by requiring forms of identification they may not have. Unquestionably, this was news. The Times report included this paragraph:

    Few issues ignite such passion among the base of both parties. Democrats argue that the laws are intended to keep poor voters away from the polls because they often have difficulty obtaining identification. Republicans contend cheating is rife in today’s elections.

    Excuse me: Would you happen to know, New York Times, whether fraud at the polls is “rife in today’s elections?” Is that something I should expect you to know, seeing as you are the high-end product in the national news marketplace? Or is Democrats argue/Republicans contend/We have no idea a good enough standard, and it is my expectations that are out of scale?

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    Read more here …

    http://pressthink.org/2014/05/democrats-argue-republicans-contend-we-have-no-idea/

  6. 16 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Great Rise and Shine, Chiparoo. Chock full of good stuff. Especially loved the Benghazi cartoon with the elephant in bed whispering “Benghazi.” Reminded me of the “Rosebud” scene in Citizen Kane.

  7. 18 hopefruit2
    May 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

    This is a great read pointing out the lack of diversity in so-called “liberal” outlets.

  8. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Tell me you don’t see fried chicken when you first see this picture. If you say you don’t, you’re a damn liar.

    I had to step back and go OMG…those are dogs?!?!

  9. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Hahahahahahaha….he wanted Pharrell’s hat; instead he got this. The horror!

  10. 30 desertflower
    May 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

    From Plumline:

    A new CNN poll illustrates the situation nicely: It finds that far more Americans want to keep Obamacare than repeal it. At the same time, only majorities of Republicans want repeal and only majorities of Republicans think the law is already a failure.
    The CNN poll finds that 49 percent of Americans want to keep the law with some changes, while another 12 percent want to keep it as is — a total of 61 percent. Meanwhile, only 18 percent want to repeal and replace the law, and another 20 percent want to repeal it, full stop — a total of 38 percent. That’s 61-38 for keeping rather than repealing the law. Among independents, that’s 55-44.

    This is why they’re quiet. Can’t fundraise off this anymore. The goodness of healthcare is already known, and people LIKE IT!

  11. 31 Ladyhawke
    May 12, 2014 at 9:56 am

    THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO ‘HMMMM’

    Boehner Spokesman Brendan Buck Joins Insurance Lobbying Group AHIP

    BY SAHIL KAPUR

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    Speaker John Boehner’s press secretary Brendan Buck (pictured, left) is leaving Capitol Hill to join the insurance industry’s top lobbying group, America’s Health Insurance Plans. He’ll start on Wednesday.

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    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/brendan-buck-joins-ahip

  12. 32 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

    This is the sweetest and cutest video you’ll see this today. Bless their wonderful hearts and thankful for their service.

    This is why I love the arts in its various forms. It crosses gender, age, etc., and just makes you feel.

  13. 35 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Bye bye. Don’t let the door hit your bigoted behind.

  14. 37 dotster3
    May 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

    John Oliver —perfect on the utter nonsense of the debate on climate change. Can that be required viewing for every American please?!?

  15. 42 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Just watched the John Oliver piece. He stuck the shiv up the collective ass of msm and twisted it with a glee.

    See jon stewart?, that’s you do fair & balanced shite.

  16. 48 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

  17. May 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I still have to say I like Tim Geithner!

  18. May 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Nice to see Alison Grimes is peeling off some of the Turtle’s votes:

    • 54 amk for obama
      May 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Last night, I saw a john oliver piece (nsfh btw) on how KY senate election is the most expensive at 100 million. He took both mcturtle and grimes to task for their negative attack ads and not talking about ky’s real problems.

      • May 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

        Hmmmm, interesting. Grimes appears to be terrified of being a real democrat and touting center left issues. KY must be some kind of place.

  19. 56 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

  20. 57 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

    In a move designed to keep a tight rein on what the American voting public hears from and knows about their candidates for President in the 2016 election Republicans voted to strictly limit the number of sanctioned debates and control the format and which network televises them. Any candidate who participates in a non sanctioned event will be barred from participation in any further sanctioned debates.

    The vote took place at the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday and received overwhelming support with a vote of 152-7 in favor of the measure which will allow the committee to decide which events will be “sanctioned debates” based on the “timing, frequency and format, the media outlet and the best interests of the Republican Party.”

    The rule is designed to give the RNC greater control in the selection process. They justified their decision with the claim that — because the “liberal” mainstream media exerted too much control over the debates in 2012 – fringe candidates were given too much free TV time. This forced Mitt Romney to run so far to the right to get the nomination that it caused him to lose the election to Barack Obama.

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    fucking introspection, gop style.

  21. May 12, 2014 at 11:01 am

    All fixt!!

  22. 59 JER
    May 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    Now Streaming…First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Host Their Annual Mothers Day Tea to Honor Military Mothers

    Also: Mother’s Day Event – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  23. 62 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

  24. 63 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

    • 64 Desertflower
      May 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Does anyone have a list of all the votes against veterans the GOP has done ? Want to send it to a town hall moderator at the American Legion tomorrow . McCain and Flake have their outrage in overdrive about this Phoenix VA hospital thing. Any help would be appreciated. McCain ALWAYS votes for the hardware but against the veteran !!!

      • 65 amk for obama
        May 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

        If they do not know even now who is their enemy, then it’s deliberate ignorance and don’t deserve any sympathy.

        • 66 Don
          May 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

          Amen, amk! For too long people have focused their anger and outrage at the wrong person. Their anger and outrage should be directed at the people that sent them to an unjust war.

  25. 69 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Zimmerman’s former neighbor and fellow neighborhood watch volunteer explains that he wants to clear his conscience. He claims he’s “getting right with God.”

    According to Taaffe (now), Zimmerman should have been found guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

    Taaffe was Zimmerman’s most outspoken supporter, but that’s all changed.

    He said, “What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn’t have stayed on him the way he did and that’s a fact and I believe that in my heart.”

    Taaffe is sending a message to Trayvon Martin’s parents, “I’m sorry that you lost your son, I know what that’s like and I wish things had been different.”

    But the harm has already been done.

    ///

    too late, too little asshole

    • 70 Mellesia Barnett
      May 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Shut the fuck up dude. Now you want to admit what you really knew all along that Zimmerman profiled a kid that was going about his business and minding his own damn business. Just go away

    • 71 MightyPamela
      May 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Eff’er might try this one when standing on the brink of hell. It will not save his soul now.

    • 72 jacquelineoboomer
      May 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      That troll was all over the teevee saying fully felt deep-seated hateful nasty bigoted things for months and months … he can go back in his hole. In fact, if I ever see HIM on a street, I’ll cross to the other side, right after I spit in his path.

  26. 74 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

  27. 75 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

  28. 79 anniebella
    May 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I love to hear FLOTUS talk about her love for her Mother.

  29. 80 Ladyhawke
    May 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 8m

    Irony is dead: GOP Gowdy gives exclusive interview to Fox News to announce Benghazi committee won’t be “partisan.”

  30. 81 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    It’s official. We set a new record with 66.38% voter turnout. Nearly 550 million out of 800 million turned up. A few populous states up north pulled down the average. I was expecting around 70%.

    • 82 No Child Left Behind
      May 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Congratulations on a good turn out. Wish the US citizenry could be convinced of the importance of voting in ALL elections.

      Good Morning TODVille!

    • 83 amk for obama
      May 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Ironically, the rabble rousing rightwinger projected to become our next pm (sigh) held multiple big rallies in the seat he was contesting weeks before the election day (which was today) and the turnout was a poor 55% despite the religion nutz trying desperately to GOTV for him. Gives me hope that all the media hype around this guy backfired and his party won’t get the majority.

  31. 84 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Hello TOD Global Village.

    My oh My Chips……It is an excellent load of News with Great pictures. Thank you, dear lady.

    Two Gold medalists, Amk and DF.

    So what is going on with the Donald? Did Tim Tebow come out as a gay American? His analogy in conflating the content, facts of Tebow and Sam is wickedly fatuous.

    Tebow was selected way before 230 something and before the 7th round. Tebow has never told Us that he is gay. Tebow is not 6′ 4′ built as Sam. Tebow is not Black. Etc.

    STFU Donald.

  32. 85 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    And yet in another poll of the many polls lately……Sen Pryor is leading by 10% points against Cotton in AR.

    But the Generic polls according to the DC?NY GOPers’ chatter Zombies. they have Dems the least enthusiastic come 2014 mid-term elections?

    Hmm? Vote Dems vote.

    The surprise shock is VICTORY in Nov 2014.

    • 86 COS
      May 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      I just returned from Arkansas and while I was there, the opponent’s ads were centered around wedge type issues and opposition to the ACA.

  33. 87 amk for obama
    May 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    gunnite folks.

  34. May 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I guess today’s PBO meeting with President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay has concluded.

    Here’s some background on President Jose Mujica Cordano:

    And on Uruguay:

  35. May 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    “Even as baby steps are being taken, they are derided as insufficient. Over time, as we label each individual initiative that way, we can assume that no real progress is being made. That is not only wrong, it saps our energy and feeds a sense of hopelessness.

    I’d suggest that if we’re really interested in change, we need to celebrate the hell out of each individual baby step…they add up! “

  36. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    May 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Good afternoon … looks as though I slept through the 50% of the day where there’s no chance of rain in my area. Oops!

    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      May 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Sweet … just spotted HZ’s comment on the previous thread:

      “HZ
      May 12, 2014 at 9:08 am
      Oh, my goodness. Good morning my beautiful Chips. This bike thing is a work of art. I will deliver myself to the desires of the pedals. Slowly now. These legs are not what they use to be. HZ.”

      I shall also deliver myself to the desires of the pedals in my own house, HZ! Let’s not go overboard on this, okay? I’m lookin’ at you, too, VC ~ since I think you’re ahead of me, pedaling fast, as well! :)

  37. 93 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Sec of Transportation, Sec Anthony Foxx was with Jay at the Podium with facts and the dilapidating infrastructural shameful stage of our Nation’s Bridges, Coastal areas, Shipping Yards, Airport, Sewage, Highways, etc.

    • 94 jacquelineoboomer
      May 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! And if we don’t do it, it’s total negligence on the part of the GOP, since bridges fall down, coastal areas are ruined, and we won’t even discuss sewage problems.

  38. 95 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    317M plus and with more cars, More ships, etc yet our funding level is less than 2%?

    How far back to the 20th century do these do nothings want in this nation?

    Seriously…..these people are pathetic.

    Chuck Todd is asking about How much this is political?

    This administration has been speaking of this since 2009 and during the 2008 election cycle.

  39. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    May 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Droppin’ a little early gift for LL:

  40. 97 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Bill Press asked for Tax per Mile…..Foxx said that was not in their bill that he supports OUR bill.

  41. May 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

  42. 99 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Drone and Jet liner coming too close in FL?

    JIm Acosta of CNN.

    I knew his question would be about Planes.

  43. 100 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    This is so awesome!

  44. 101 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Same sex marriage to Transportation Sec? The guy is no longer in NC as Mayor.

  45. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    May 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Don’t open the link around little kids, but why Twitter can work out nicely in some cases:

    Here Is a Collection of Twitter Trolls Teaching Photoshop to Ann Coulter

    http://gawker.com/here-is-a-collection-of-twitter-trolls-teaching-photosh-1575074274

  46. 103 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Ukraine…..referendum by AP

  47. May 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Lengthy, substantive ….

    The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything
    Fascism returns to the continent it once destroyed
    By Timothy Snyder

    “Putin now presents himself as the leader of the far right in Europe, and the leaders of Europe’s right-wing parties pledge their allegiance. There is an obvious contradiction here: Russian propaganda insists to Westerners that the problem with Ukraine is that its government is too far to the right, even as Russiabuilds a coalition with the European far right. Extremist, populist, and neo-Nazi party members went to Crimea and praised the electoral farce as a model for Europe. As Anton Shekhovtsov, a researcher of the European far right, has pointed out, the leader of the Bulgarian extreme right launched his party’s campaign for the European parliament in Moscow. The Italian Fronte Nazionale praises Putin for his “courageous position against the powerful gay lobby.” The neo-Nazis of the Greek Golden Dawn see Russia as Ukraine’s defender against “the ravens of international usury.” Heinz-Christian Strache of the Austrian FPÖ chimes in, surreally, that Putin is a “pure democrat.” Even Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, recently shared Putin’s propaganda on Ukraine with millions of British viewers in a televised debate, claiming absurdly that the European Union has “blood on its hands” in Ukraine.

    Presidential elections in Ukraine are to be held on May 25, which by no coincidence is also the last day of elections to the European parliament. A vote for Strache in Austria or Le Pen in France or even Farage in Britain is now a vote for Putin, and a defeat for Europe is a victory for Eurasia. This is the simple objective reality: A united Europe can and most likely will respond adequately to an aggressive Russian petro-state with a common energy policy, whereas a collection of quarrelling nation-states will not. Of course, the return to the nation-state is a populist fantasy, so integration will continue in one form or another; all that can be decided is the form. Politicians and intellectuals used to say that there was no alternative to the European project, but now there is—Eurasia.

    Ukraine has no history without Europe, but Europe also has no history without Ukraine. Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. Throughout the centuries, the history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. This seems still to be true today. Of course, which way things will turn still depends, at least for a little while, on the Europeans.

    Background on the author:

    Timothy Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale University and the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. With Leon Wieseltier, he has planned a congress of international and Ukrainian intellectuals to meet May 16 to 19 in Kiev under the heading Ukraine: Thinking Together. This essay is a revision of an earlier article that appeared in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117692/fascism-returns-ukraine

    #TrustBarack

  48. 106 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Mow on to use GOP hateful talking points to ask about the FLOTUS?

    Jay said the US is assisting, searching, and raising awareness.

  49. 109 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Still on FLOTUS that Jim Acosta from TeaNN.

  50. May 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  51. May 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch

  52. 112 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Ambassador to Russia by Todd…..the length and if things are being complicated…..It’s been a Month. US has personnel in Russia. yet that is the question from Todd.

  53. May 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    The United States has sent 5 State Dept officials, 17 Defense Dept advisors and 4 FBI experts to Nigeria to assist in locating the kidnapped girls.

  54. 115 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Go Jay. VA Sec is and has aggressively followed up and reduced the backlogs at the VA and the current issues from AZ are being investigated.

    No personnel announcement to make, Jay said. Remember Todd today said that the VA is the Danger to the Obama Administration…….actually, Todd meant the POTUS per Mediaite this AM.

  55. 117 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Jon Karl goes with COVER Up?

    That the backlog might have been false?

    here Karl goes again. using and throwing in Cover up without ever investigating or reporting on the matter fully.

    Now drone strikes…quoting Rand Paul……Karl is indeed a GOPer Tool.


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