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Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “‘How cool is this,’ the President said after he threw a football at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago. I think he was especially excited to be on the home turf of his beloved Chicago Bears.” May 20, 2012

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Today (All Times Eastern)

10:45: President Obama meets with business leaders on jobs, Roosevelt Room

12:25: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:50: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

2:50 The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

5:0: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel

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Ferdous Al-Faruque: Insurers Give $1.5B In Rebates Under O-Care

Insurance companies returned over $1.5 billion in rebates to consumers between 2011 and 2012, according to a report issued on Tuesday. The reason is an ObamaCare requirement meant to force companies to spend a higher proportion of premiums on medical costs or quality improvements. The new law states that 80-85 percent of premiums must be used by companies to pay for treatment and medical costs. Companies that fail to meet that ratio must pay rebates.

The report also said consumer rebates fell from $1 billion in 2011 to $513 million in 2012, which indicates more insurers now are in compliance with the provision. Consumer rebates fell most dramatically, 71 percent, for large insurers, from $388 million in 2011 to $111 million in 2012. The rule also led insurance companies to reduce their own profit margins, spending on brokers fees, marketing and others administrative costs to the tune of $1.4 billion. These costs are overhead fees that insurance companies have typically pushed on to their customers.

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Zachary Roth: Republicans Drag Their Feet On Fixing The Voting Rights Act

The Republican lawmaker in a key position to help bolster the Voting Rights Act (VRA) isn’t convinced new legislation is needed, and wants more evidence that current laws aren’t strong enough to stop racial discrimination in voting, according to people involved in the discussions. Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s go-slow approach—which comes as efforts to pass the bipartisan measure before this fall’s midterm elections enter a critical phase—is causing frustration among voting-rights advocates. Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Before agreeing to hold a hearing on the bill, Goodlatte has asked for examples of voting discrimination that have occurred since the Supreme Court weakened the VRA last year in Shelby County v. Holder, as well as information on how such incidents would have been stopped by the proposed legislation. Lobbyists with the NAACP responded to Goodlatte’s request last week with a 16,000-word document outlining a slew of discriminatory voting changes stopped by the VRA before the Shelby decision, as well as several new ones that went into effect after the landmark civil rights law was eroded.

The Shelby ruling invalidated the VRA’s most important provision, Section 5, which made certain states and localities with a history of voting discrimination got federal signoff—known as “pre-clearance”—before changing their voting laws. The ruling left in place Section 2, which lets victims of racial discrimination in voting file suit. In January, a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation, known as the Voting Rights Act Amendment (VRAA), that aims to reactivate Section 5, by updating the formula that determines which areas are subject to pre-clearance. Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader who played a key early role in discussions over the VRAA bill before it was unveiled, also remains non-committal. In part, Goodlatte and Cantor are channeling the views of the GOP caucus. Republicans are aware that measures like voter ID and cuts to early voting—which might be more easily blocked under a revamped VRA—tend to help their party by making it harder for Democratic-leaning groups to vote.

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Katie Zezima: Obama To Host Business Executives Tuesday

President Obama will hold a round-table discussion with business executives Tuesday whose companies have recently chosen to invest in the United States or have redoubled their commitment to do business in the country. Obama will host high-level executives from companies including Lufthansa, Ericsson and Ford, which plans to add 5,000 additional jobs in the United States this year. “Taken together these companies are investing billions of dollars that will help build our economy and support thousands of new U.S. jobs,” said National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients. The administration also announced that it will hold a second SelectUSA summit in Washington next year. SelectUSA is based in various U.S. embassies around the world and encourages businesses in those countries to invest in the United States. According to the White House SelectUSA has facilitated $18 million in U.S. investment in two years.

The report, “Winning Business Investment in The United States,” was released by the White House and Department of Commerce. Fixed investments accounted for 20 percent of the rebound in real GDP since 2009, the report said, and the U.S. manufacturing sector jobs are growing at their fastest pace since the 1990s. The report also cited surveys, including one by AT Kearney which said that in a 2013 survey of 300 global executives the United States ranked as the top destination for business investment, and a Boston Consulting Group survey showing that the number of U.S. executives considering bringing manufacturing back to the United States from China rose to 54 percent, compared to 37 percent surveyed 18 months earlier.

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Yahoo: Biden Arrives In Romania To Show U.S. Backing Over Ukraine

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Bucharest on Tuesday, beginning a three-day trip to reassure Washington’s European allies they have American backing in the confrontation with Russia over Ukraine. A former communist state on the Black Sea, Romania joined NATO a decade ago and the European Union in 2007. It has been among the most vehement advocates of Western sanctions against Moscow after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. “The Vice President will underscore the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5, and express appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security,” Biden’s White House office said.

Romania, which neighbors Ukraine, has said NATO must reposition its resources in the wake of Moscow’s maneuvers. It is especially wary that Moldova – a tiny state bordering Romania with a Russian-speaking minority – could be next in Moscow’s sights. Biden is due to meet American and Romanian troops conducting a joint “capacity-building” exercise. He will hold talks with President Traian Băsescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday and address the need to deepen economic ties, recommit to strengthening democratic institutions and undertake sustained efforts to bolster Europe’s energy security.

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TPM: Credit Suisse Case Called Warning To Foreign Banks

Credit Suisse AG’s guilty plea and $2.6 billion payment in a high-profile case brought by the Justice Department are being held out as a warning to foreign banks believed to be helping U.S. taxpayers conceal assets. Culminating a yearslong criminal investigation, Switzerland’s second-largest bank pleaded guilty Monday to helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through secret offshore accounts. Credit Suisse was the largest bank to plead guilty in more than 20 years. The settlement resolves the investigation into allegations that Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second-largest bank, recruited U.S. clients to open Swiss accounts, helped them conceal the accounts from the Internal Revenue Service and enabled misconduct by bank employees.

The case is part of an Obama administration crackdown on foreign banks believed to be helping U.S. taxpayers hide assets. Justice Department officials said their investigations into secret bank accounts held by Americans in Switzerland and other countries likely will bring forth additional resolutions. Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, in 2009 entered a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department in which it agreed to pay $780 million in fines and turn over the names of thousands of customers suspected of evading U.S. taxes. The country’s oldest bank, Wegelin & Co., pleaded guilty in January 2013 to U.S. tax charges, admitting that it helped American clients hide more than $1.2 billion from the IRS. The $2.6 billion in penalties — which happens to be roughly equivalent to Credit Suisse’s net income for 2013 — will be paid to the Justice Department, the Federal Reserve and the New York State Department of Financial Services.

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Washington Post: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Is Taking Obamacare Money And Running With It

For the first time since Obamacare split the country in two, the conditions for a cease-fire have begun to appear. An architect of this detente — although he denies any such intent — is Mike Pence, who as a conservative Republican congressman in 2010 fought bitterly against the law and who as governor of Indiana refused to implement it. But Pence, after intensive negotiations with the Obama administration, just announced his intent to take the money Obamacare provides for Medicaid expansion and to use it on his own terms to broaden health-care coverage for the working poor. Pence, a former head of the conservative Republican Study Committee in the House, was a tea party Republican before there was a tea party. But running a state has given him an elevated perspective.

“Debates that happen in Washington, D.C., pretty easily get far afield of the real-world impacts on real people,” he told me in an interview Monday afternoon. “It will not be enough for new Republican majorities in the Congress and a Republican president to cut government spending,” he added, calling instead for money to be sent to the states so they can “solve the intractable problems.” Pence isn’t about to admit it, but Obamacare does that. He thinks he has a conservative alternative to the new law’s expansion of Medicaid: He wants to broaden the “Healthy Indiana” plan started by his predecessor Mitch Daniels (R) by using financial incentives to get the working poor to contribute to their health coverage under a private alternative to Medicaid. The Obama administration appears likely to grant Indiana a waiver for the experiment — and if it works, other states will be free to follow the example.

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Amy Lynn Smith: Pharmacy Technician Sees Obamacare Working Everyday

If you want to see the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at work, stand behind a pharmacy counter. That’s what Desirae Clayborn does, and she’s seen nothing but positive experiences. One customer’s story was especially meaningful for Clayborn. A woman in her 40s came into the pharmacy with tears in her eyes, because she was so excited to be filling a prescription for the first time in her adult life. After proudly handing me her insurance information, she made it a point to tell me that she had just returned from a physical — something that she hadn’t had the opportunity to do since she was a child. The grateful look in this woman’s eyes is something I will never forget.

She was in tears because she could finally be treated for chronic conditions she didn’t even know she had. If she hadn’t been to the doctor’s office, she never would have known. The conditions weren’t life-threatening yet, but the Affordable Care Act could have potentially added years to her life. The customer’s co-pay was less than $10, which Clayborn says the woman was “ecstatic” about. Some people are only thinking about how the ACA impacts them individually. But this isn’t just about one person. It’s something that’s good for the whole country. People get so caught up in the politics that they lose sight of what’s really important. The Affordable Care Act isn’t a political thing. It’s a people thing.

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Bloomberg: Obama Said To Put Personal Push Behind EPA Emission Rules

President Barack Obama plans to personally unveil proposed carbon-emissions rules for power plants, elevating climate change policy as a top tier issue for his final two years in office, according to two people familiar with White House strategy. Obama is preparing to make the announcement with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, who said this week the rules are on track to be proposed by June 2, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the schedule is still being planned. McCarthy said on May 13 that her agency is on course to put forward new regulations

for existing power plants to limit carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act by June 2. That would meet the deadline Obama set a year ago in an executive memorandum directing the EPA to propose the standards. “We are going to show you that you can get significant reductions from the energy sector in a way that’s going to continue to provide reliable and cost-effective electricity, that is going to be continuing our quest to address the issue of climate change and that recognizes that we’re all in this together,” McCarthy said May 13 during a speech to the Association of Climate Change Officers Climate Strategies Forum in Washington.

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ABC News: Oregon Ruling Marks 13th Gay Marriage Win In A Row

A federal judge threw out Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban. State officials earlier refused to defend Oregon’s voter-approved ban and said they wouldn’t appeal. The National Organization for Marriage sought to intervene, but both U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene and a federal appeals court rejected its attempts to argue in favor of the ban. Many county clerks in the state began carrying out same-sex marriages almost immediately after Monday’s ruling, as jubilant couples rushed to tie the knot. “It’s the final step to be truly a family,” said Patty Reagan, who waited in line in Portland to get a marriage license with partner Kelly. “Everyone else takes for granted that they have this right.”

HOW MANY STATES ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGE? Gay and lesbian couples can legally marry in 17 states and the District of Columbia. The two most recent states to make the unions legal were New Mexico and Hawaii, both of which did so in late 2013. Oregon’s ruling is not expected to be challenged, which would make it the 18th state where gay marriage is legal. IS GAY MARRIAGE GETTING CLOSE TO BECOMING LEGAL IN OTHER STATES?. In 11 states, federal or state judges recently have overturned same-sex marriage bans or ordered states to recognize out-of-state marriages. Appeals courts are reviewing those decisions. Ten are in the hands of federal appeals courts, and one is with a state appeals court. WHERE HAVE OTHER PRO-GAY MARRIAGE RULINGS COME DOWN? They’ve been all over the country. Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. The New Mexico Supreme Court declared the state ban unconstitutional in a ruling that is not being challenged.

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On This Day

President Obama reads a letter outside the Oval Office on the steps leading into the Rose Garden, May 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama prepares to speak at a meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service at the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama waits to greet arriving foreign ambassadors in the Oval Office, May 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shakes hands with a foreign ambassador as he entered the Oval Office to present his credentials on May 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and his senior advisors sit in the Rose Garden after moving their meeting outdoors on a warm spring day, May 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama stands in a shaft of light while playing football outside the Oval Office May 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza.)

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Pete Souza: “The President talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel as they walk from the Oval Office to the South Lawn drive of the White House following their meetings.” May 20, 2011

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113 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 4morefor44
    May 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

    touchdown!

  2. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    May 20, 2014 at 10:27 am
  3. 7 yardarm756
    May 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Good morning you lot. Woke up in a bit of a snit but I’ll get better. I think.

    • May 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Breath deep and smile. Instant snit removers. Thanks Yard arm for wonderful link to the greatest speeches. Loved it!

      • 9 yardarm756
        May 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

        There are a coupla more out there. And thanks for the pick me up. It’s just really getting to me;all this bs against our President and voting and the whole rwnj mess. This too shall pass.

        • May 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

          I know how you feel, yardarm. Some days I just want to scream at the horrific and despicable alternate universe the RWNJs are trying to create out of extreme hatred and cynical lies. But then I just look at all the good, all the positive progress and great moments, each one a heroic gain, and I thank my lucky stars I am alive to see our POTUS in his highest calling. We will continue to march together, as long as it takes. As PBO says:

          I’M NOT TIRED.
          I’M JUST GETTING STARTED.

          • 11 yardarm756
            May 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

            I feel ya meta. I’m just really tired of “stoopid” and having to “slow down” or “turning the other cheek”.
            I’ve been on this planet a long time and am just fed-up!

        • May 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

          It will. I will never understand why people who hate big government run for big government offices. I always remember that he was elected not just once but twice. There are sensible folk out there.

    • 16 yardarm756
      May 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

      This is kinda raw and bad language but I’m on this boat today….Sorry.

    • 18 Nerdy Wonka
      May 20, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Whoa.

      If everyone avoided every product ever created, we’d never again consume anything.

      Take the list you just posted for example. If we all avoided everything on that list, parents and the children they feed would wake up everyday drinking water and go to bed drinking water. That’s it.

      It’s not doable for the vast majority of people in this country who aren’t very wealthy.

  4. 21 MightyPamela
    May 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Morning, all caught up (maybe) wonderful photos I had missed before finding TOD! Amen.

  5. 22 Linda
    May 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating a federal campaign finance law, according to Reuters.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dinesh-dsouza-pleads-guilty

  6. May 20, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Thanks a GAZILLION Nerdy, a completely wonderful newsie round-up!

  7. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    May 20, 2014 at 10:48 am
  8. May 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Good Morning!

    I went to the doctor’s yesterday for a follow up to a recent CT scan and for chemo (bleh!).

    So, the tumors and lesions are STILL GOING DOWN IN SIZE! Only by a little bit but they are still decreasing in size.

    Thank goodness!! :) :)

  9. May 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Greetings and good wishes to my TOD family on a glorious spring day. Happy Voting to all who have that sweet and powerful opportunity today. Thanks Chipstix for dear sunny start w garden photo of outer hero Taking a moment to stretch in the sun. He stretches, reaches, pushes past limits and goes beyond, every single day. NerdyWonka, still another breathtaking handmade quilt of news views toons and tweets. How do you do this? Thankful…

  10. 67 anniebella
    May 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    White House.gov. Today at 2:50pm the First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House Turn around Arts & Talent Show.

  11. May 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Rest in Peace.

    • 69 Nena20409
      May 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      :( our Greatest Generation are quietly passing away.

      RIP

      My deepest sympathy to his family.

  12. May 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

    GM TOD… Congrats on 1rst 4more… wonderful R&S NW!

  13. May 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

    …..While fighting the unthinkable battle against cancer, the hair loss that often accompanies chemotherapy is yet another difficulty that patients must weather. One company decided to turn this otherwise painful moment into a powerful, beautiful, opportunity.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Henna Heals is a Canadian organization that hosts over 150 henna artists around the world who, using temporary ink, create intricate “crowns” on cancer patients’ heads. Instead of a wig, scarf, or any other kind of coverup, patients can boast a beautiful design (which lasts around two weeks) as an alternative, and even relay an empowering message……

    “For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” founder Frances Darwin tells Demilked. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.” We can’t think of a better way to use the ancient form of adornment……

  14. 77 Linda
    May 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    On Mitch McConnell’s Primary Day Harry Reid Threatens To Kill All GOP Filibusters

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/20/harry-reid-threatens-change-senate-rules.html

  15. 78 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 20, 2014 at 11:32 am

    WELL…IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY HAS BEEN PLAYING WITH MY VOTER REGISTRATION AND MY BMV INFO…SO I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GO AND GET THAT STRAIGHTENED OUT BEFORE THE MIDTERMS….LISTEN UP REPUGNANTS…YOU DON’T PLAY WITH SUE!

  16. May 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  17. 81 vcprezofan2
    May 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Nerdy Wonka! A-ha! We found you! That’s really good news! :) :)

    Morning, Nerdy! ;)

  18. 82 Ladyhawke
    May 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Gray Matter: ‘Bush’s Brain’ Short-Circuits

    PAUL WALDMAN MAY 20, 2014

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    I suppose one could argue that Rove’s ham-handed approach to attacking Clinton is refreshingly forthright. But there’s no doubt that he was trying to implement a strategy, and he didn’t want the criticism that ensued, which shifted attention away from Clinton and on to him. Oh, and don’t forget that American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the groups he co-founded to take down Barack Obama and other Democrats, flushed $174 million of their donors’ money down the toilet in 2012. So maybe we can stop considering him such a political genius.

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    http://prospect.org/article/gray-matter-bushs-brain-short-circuits

  19. May 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

    O/T: hiker hubby and I stayed in a Best Western in Harrisonburg, VA last. Nice stay, great value, etc. until we walked into the breakfast area and Fox News was on TV. I just called the hotel and began with positive message then got to the’but’. Lady was very nice and agreed it should be on Weather Channel. She also said mine was not the first complaint like that……….indicated there’s been a number of same comment.

  20. 85 MightyPamela
    May 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    And this old world just still keeps spinnin’ ’round: Sun moves into Gemini 5/20/14 at 10:59pmEDT (7:59pmPDT) and Cher turns 68 today.

  21. 86 anniebella
    May 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I came across some article were it was asking why haven’t POTUS made any comment about what is going on with the Veterans Admin.

    • May 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      AnnieBella,

      Probably he is getting the facts. We have a methodical President who is factual and looks at remedies first and foremost. Just my opinion. ;)

      • 88 Dudette
        May 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

        Jay Carney said pretty much the same thing to the jackals during yesterday’s press briefing. POTUS is awaiting facts from the investigation that’s currently in progress.

  22. May 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Summer starts this weekend. From heat wave to snow in one week but there’s no such thing as Climate Change.

  23. May 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    My man, Tim Geithner. For anyone here that has followed the first days of the Obama administration and how he had to deal with the “recession”, you might be interested in this recording.

    I appreciate Tim Geithner for his affection and respect of the President. Because of that I am grateful for his service.

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?319454-1/conversation-tim-geithner :star:

  24. 93 Linda
    May 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Daughter Defends Police Commissioner Who Called Obama The N-Word: He’s Just ‘Curmudgeonly’

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/daughter-defends-robert-copeland-wolfeboro-obama

    • May 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Linda,

      I wouldn’t expect otherwise from his daughter. What’s funny is that everyone caught at making racist comments is later said NOT to be a racist. Who are the racists then I ask? Those against whom the racist comments are made?

      “My father is by no means a racist. He does have strong feelings against our president,” she told the newspaper. “He doesn’t care for him. In fact, he feels he is endangering our country. That comment was an attempt to express to a very close friend some very strong feelings. But it was not to imply feelings he has for people of color. He is one of the most loving individuals.”

      A daughter’s poor excuse. :/

  25. May 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Some people are RTing RWNJ reactions to the decision by Chipotle to ask people not to bring guns into their restaurant. Are we supposed to feel bad about that? It seems that was exactly the point. If you can’t be parted with your gun long enough to have a meal, stay home. HAW!!

  26. 96 Linda
    May 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Did you know…..

    The first President and CEO of Politico from the launch in 2007 until October of 2013 was Frederick Ryan Jr. ? He is a long time top Reagan adviser and friend that worked in Reagan’s Whitehouse….He is currently on the board of the Reagan Library.

    • 97 Nena20409
      May 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Both founders are known GOPers.

      The reason some call Politico the Dick Cheney’s mouthpiece.

  27. May 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Talking Points Memo ‏@TPM · 8m
    GOP pollster: Scott Brown is getting crushed http://bit.ly/1o2oC9g pic.twitter.com/l8DdYz28Wy

    Not enough. He needs to be crushed to the point of extermination. 8-)

  28. 99 carolyn
    May 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Well…..I just received in the mail the READY FOR HILLARY request for donations with a picture of the three Clintons. The letter is a fund raiser “Pledge of Support.” GAG! I wrote back on the letter: “NO I am not ready for Hillary and will NOT be reayd in 2016 if she does not campaign hard for Democrats this November. We have a superior President RIGHT NOW. This is too early and looks like sabotage. Work for 2014 or a Hillary presidency will be meaningless.”

    I hope they receive thousands of similar returns. I know others on this blog have responded in kind. This is totally unseemly and inappropriate.

    • 100 Linda
      May 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      She will not get one penny from me…ever ! PBO paid off her campaign debt…she needs to step up for 2014….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • May 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Carol, you are excellent! If I ever receive this letter, I will follow your lead.

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      May 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Yeah, Carolyn!!! :)

      One of the reflections that play in my mind whenever the Clintons are mentioned is the way they seem to ‘push’ Chelsea in ‘political’ situations. I honestly find it weird. My natural reaction when I see her trotting around after them (at her age AND a married woman) is ‘Get a life, please!’. It makes me wonder if they are trying to pawn her off as the next step in the Clinton political ‘dynasty’. Grrrr!

  29. 104 Ladyhawke
    May 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S YEAR OF ACTION TAKES SHAPE.

    The pen and phone strategy

    By Nancy LeTourneau

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    And now comes the “pen and phone” strategy. Basically what President Obama is saying is that if Republicans won’t work with him, he’ll find the power to make changes via other means. The “pen” refers to his executive authority and the “phone” is all about marshaling the business community, nonprofits, state and local governments, etc. to do what Congress will not do.
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    What I find fascinating about all this is that the Republican strategy of obstruction is nothing more than a power game. Their intent has always been to strip the President of his power. But perhaps they forgot that he taught classes on the topic of power analysis. President Obama is not about to play the victim and give his away. No matter what they throw at him by way of obstruction, he’ll find a way to carry on…doing everything he can to implement the changes we elected him to make.

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    Read more here ..

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-pen-and-phone-strategy.html#comment-form

  30. 105 Linda
    May 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Bad news for Governor Grifter and wifey :

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is set to go to trial this summer after a judge tossed out a motion to dismiss most of the charges against the couple.

    U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer also ruled Tuesday that the former first couple should be tried together rather than apart.

    The McDonnells lawyers had argued that the bulk of the case should be dismissed because prosecutors are trying to criminalize routine political courtesies. They also said Maureen McDonnell was willing to give testimony exonerating her husband in separate trials, but not in a joint trial.

    The McDonnells were charged in January of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts loans from a dietary supplements maker in exchange for helping promote his products.

  31. May 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  32. 108 Nena20409
    May 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    So the LEAKY boys: GG and Asange are bickering?

    Karma is always delivering when least expected.

    Asange called GG a racist? Hmm? Truth be told.

  33. 109 Nena20409
    May 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    5-20-14

    Jay’s presser at the WH is set to Begin LIVE

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-202

  34. 110 Nena20409
    May 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Au for 4morefor44
    Congrats.

  35. 111 Nena20409
    May 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Great Afternoon to all TOD Family.

  36. 112 vcprezofan2
    May 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Oops! I meant to hit the road at 1pm; BBL.


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