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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama waits to be introduced at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on May 27, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:15: The President views Science Fair projects, State Dining Room

11:45: Delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair, East Room

1:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

* The First Lady is hosting a discussion with school leaders on nutrition (don’t have the time for the event yet)

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The Week Ahead

Wednesday

The President travels to West Point, New York to deliver the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point

Thursday

The President will host a summit at the White House on youth sports safety and concussions, where he will be joined by stakeholders, including young athletes, parents, coaches, experts, professional athletes, and military service members. At the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, the President will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify, treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems

Friday

The President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters

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National Memo: VoteVets Chair Jon Soltz: Critics Demanding Shinseki Resignation Are ‘Hypocrites’

Jon Soltz is a co-founder and chairman of VoteVets, a political advocacy group with over 200,000 supporters that is the largest progressive organization of veterans in the United States – and has produced some of the most effective advertising in the last several election cycles…..

Joe Conason: How bad are the problems at the VA?

Jon Soltz: The problems at the VA have always been there. At times they’ve been worse than others. I think part of the reason we’re seeing the backlog right now is that President Obama has opened up the claims process [in the VA health care system] to a lot of people. So he made it easier for a lot of people to make claims. Under previous administrations, you used to have to fight to make a claim if you were a Vietnam veteran affected by Agent Orange, or a Gulf War veteran with Gulf War syndrome…..

Conason: Do you believe that General Eric Shinseki, the VA Secretary, should resign — as some veterans groups have demanded?

Soltz: The only veterans organization making that demand is the American Legion. Nobody else has. I find that hypocritical because they supported a bill that was in the Senate – the $21 billion veterans package sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders – and it was stopped by Mitch McConnell, yet they haven’t called for Mitch McConnell to resign. So there’s obviously a lot of partisan politics here. The issue with General Shinseki is [that] he was right about the Iraq War. It’s sort of unconscionable to fire somebody who is now trying to clean up the mess that was left by a prior administration: All of these new Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were not created by Barack Obama and his administration.

More here

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Pete Souza: White House colonnade, May 26

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Steve Benen: Vets to Burr: ‘You clearly represent the worst of politics’

For Republicans, the politics of the VA scandal were pretty straightforward. All GOP officials had to do was express outrage – an emotion that spanned the partisan and ideological spectrum – and demand that the White House improve the system through which veterans receive care.

But Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, apparently couldn’t leave well enough alone.

The conservative Republican, who never served a day in the military, decided it’d be a good idea to start condemning veterans’ groups that had not yet called for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign….

It’s hard to know what Burr was thinking. Perhaps the senator assumed he could pressure the veterans’ groups, bullying them into calling for Gen. Shinseki’s ouster. But if that was the Republican’s strategy, it became clear over the weekend that Burr’s gambit did not go according to plan.

More here

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Jonathan Cohn: Obama’s New Rules for Coal Plants Are a B.F.D. The Ensuing Political Fight May Be Even Bigger

Conventional wisdom holds that second term presidencies rarely yield accomplishments and that this second term president, in particular, has lost the ability to get much done. In one week, President Obama has a chance to prove that the conventional wisdom is wrong.

And he can do it while helping to stop the planet from cooking.

On June 2, Obama will to unveil a new set of federal regulations on power plants, designed primarily to keep coal-fired plants from spewing so much carbon into the atmosphere. The hope is that these new regulations will slow down climate change—at first incrementally, by reducing emissions from existing plants in the U.S., and then more dramatically, by providing the Administration with more leverage to negotiate a far-reaching, international treaty on emissions from multiple sources.

Along with other steps the administration has taken, like setting higher fuel standards for cars and trucks, the new regulations could make climate change action one of Obama’s signature achievements—something historians will cite alongside Obamacare, rescue of the auto industry, and the Recovery Act.

More here

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ThinkProgress: Lawmakers Push For Background Checks After Victim’s Family Slams NRA

After Christopher Michaels-Martinez, 20, died in a shooting near University of California, Santa Barbara, his father blamed the pro-gun lobby’s “craven, irresponsible” politics for preventing legislation that could have saved Christopher’s life. Seven people, including the shooter, died Friday.

“Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it will happen to your child until it does,” an anguished Richard Martine told reporters. “Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say: ‘Stop this madness. We don’t have to live like this?’ Too many have died. We should say to ourselves: Not one more.”

At least five lawmakers and officials have joined the anguished father’s call to confront the NRA, reviving demand for congressional action on gun violence.

More here

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Washington Post: Obama plans trip to Indian reservation, officials say

President Obama is planning to travel to a Native American reservation in North Dakota in June, a rare visit by a sitting U.S. president to Indian country, according to officials familiar with the plans.

The Obama administration has supported a series of measures to improve the welfare of Native Americans. The president has also signed the Tribal Law and Order Act to address the high crime rate in tribal communities and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which included a historic provision to allow the nation’s 566 federally recognized tribes to prosecute non-Indians who commit certain crimes of violence against Native women.

More here

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BBC: Nigeria army ‘knows where Boko Haram are holding girls’

The Nigerian military say they know where the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are but they will not attempt a rescue.

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff said it was “good news for the parents,” although he admitted the military would not risk “going there with force.”

More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from their school in northern Nigeria in April.

Earlier, the BBC learned that a deal to release some of the girls was close but was called off by the government.

More here

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@WhiteHouse: “Today, we pause to remember our fallen troops, to mourn their loss & to pray for their loved ones.” — President Obama

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UK Independent: European elections 2014: Will surge in support for far right parties bring down the EU and its governments?

So is the bloc’s implosion just a matter of time?

Hardly. Despite the blustering rhetoric from Ms Le Pen and Nigel Farage, pro-European forces still dominate the 751-seat parliament.

The centre-right European People’s Party has 213 seats in current projections, and the Socialists and Democrats group – which includes Labour MEPs – has 190 seats. Combine that with the 117 seats shared between the Liberals and the Greens, and there is a clear majority of moderates. These parties are also united in their abhorrence of the extreme right, so have extra incentive to form alliances to block the influence of the fringe parties.

Who exactly are these fringe parties that have made the gains?

More here

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:-)

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On This Day

Sen. Obama greets supporter Peggy Pound of Nevada after speaking about home foreclosures at the College of Southern Nevada May 27, 2008

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President Obama waits backstage to speak at a fundraiser in Los Angeles, May 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks at a fundraiser in Los Angeles, May 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is reflected in a mirror as he speaks at a fundraiser in Los Angeles, May 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama sits in a pilot seat while talking with Sen. Harry Reid before speaking at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas on May 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama appears in front of a bank of solar panels as he speaks about using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to invest in solar energy May 27, 2009 at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada

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President Obama receives a jersey from players Brian Zoubek and Jon Scheyer of the Duke Blue Devils during a Rose Garden event May 27, 2010 at the White House

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President Obama greets veterans following a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, Poland, May 27, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets community leaders and Holocaust survivors after a wreath laying ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial in Warsaw, Poland, May 27, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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From left: First Lady Michelle Obama; Brenda Linnington, the wife of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, the commanding general of the Military District of Washington; Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Hagel’s wife, Lilibet; Deanie Dempsey; and Dempsey’s husband, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand by as President Barack Obama, second from right, and Linnington, right, arrive for a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, May 27, 2013

President Obama hugs a relative of a family member buried at section 60 in Arlington Cemetery, May 27, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama greet visitors to Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, May 27, 2013

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MoooOOOooorning! Completely ran out of time so missing lots of news – will try to catch up through the day.


113 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 3 amk for obama
    May 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

    turd.

  2. 4 amk for obama
    May 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

  3. May 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Moooooorning everyone!

  4. 6 japa21
    May 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Bringing this over from the bottom of the previous post. Specially relevant consideering some of the things Chips posted. Again apologies if this was posted over the weekend.

    I had an extremely busy weekend and was way behind in most news and was unable to stiop by here, so this may already have been posted. But Charles Pierce was on top of his game yesterday writing in response to the CA shooting. These two excerpts say it all, when talking about a country at war with itself.

    This is a country at war with itself for profit. This is a country at war with itself because its ruling elite is too cowed, or too well-bribed, or too cowardly to recognize that there are people who are getting rich arming both sides, because the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, so you make sure that it’s easy for the bad guys to get guns in order to make millions selling the guns to the good guys….

    So that is Memorial Day this year, in a country in which its citizens are encouraged to make war on each other because not enough people care enough to stop it. There are more flowers in more places and there is no peace in sight, because we have chosen as a country to slake our appetite for it with blood. The dead are not honored in this war. Only the instrumentality of their murder is, god help us all.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/memorial-day-2014-052614

  5. 8 amk for obama
    May 27, 2014 at 10:27 am

    The poland vets photo is awesome.

  6. 9 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

    GOOD MORNING EVERYONE….IT’S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE FOR ME TO GET OVER MEMORIAL DAY….SO MUCH LOSS AND DAMAGE TO OUR COUNTRY…AND THEN THERE ARE THE COMPLETE SELFISH IDIOTS ON THE HILL WHO DON’T WANT TO BACK VETERAN BENEFITS…THEY WANT THEM TO FIGHT AND DIE FOR US SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO ENJOY THEIR SILK TIES AND MEANINGLESS STUPORS AT COUNTRYCLUB BARS. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE LORD RETURNS BECAUSE I AM CERTAIN HE HAS A PLACE PREPARED ESPECIALLY FOR THEM! GLAD THE SCIENCE FAIR IS AT THE WH…PBO LOVES THIS ONE…I THINK HE HAS MORE FUN THAN THEY DO! I’M HOPING THOSE GADGETS WILL CHEER ME UP TODAY!

  7. 10 donna dem 4 obama
    May 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Yippee PBO will be giving the commencement address at my twin sons Ala mater on Wednesday. I don’t ever recall West Point having their graduation in the middle of the week. It’s always been on a Saturday. This will be such an honor for those newly commissioned officers.

  8. 12 mtmarilyn
    May 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Good morning TOD! It is a beautiful morning here in MT, so love these quiet mornings. I don’t know how you can say you ran out of time. There is so much news in the R&S. Thanks for all you do. This weekend’s posts were so exceptional.

    Have a great day everyone!

  9. 13 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

    P.S.,,,,DID YOU ALL EVER TWEET OUT A PIC OF THAT BEAUTIFUL 96 YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO WAITED 63 YEARS FOR HER HUSBAND AND HIS REMAINS WERE RETURNED LAST YEAR…SHE NEEDS TO BE A HUGE AND SEPERATE STORY…HEARTWRENCHING!

  10. May 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

    WH Science Fair livestream is OPEN!

  11. 23 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats vet24 on #1 :) Thanks Chips for yet another excellent R & S roundup. Looking forward to the science fair events.

    • May 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Thanks a million Hopefruit, a whole bunch of stuff came up so I couldn’t look up more news – which is why I love you ace commenters, you fill in the gaps!

  12. 25 99ts
    May 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Good morning all – that VoteVets interview is a great read. Not so sure about a couple of the questions – but Jon Soltz had the answers and great detail on what he was discussing.

    Great that their No 1 goal for November is to get Mitch McConnell out of the Senate

    “As long as Mitch McConnell is going to prevent the passage of a comprehensive bill that is supported by 33 veterans’ organizations, I think he’s target number one. “

  13. May 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

  14. 27 MightyPamela
    May 27, 2014 at 10:50 am

    DELIVERED!! Chipsticks, check your email please, subject: HolyMoley!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  15. 29 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This kid had access to the best mental health treatment the nation had to offer. It’s time the media and legislators stop looking for excuses and start being honest…

  16. 30 amk for obama
    May 27, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Disney’s animated film Frozen has become the fifth highest-grossing film in box office history.

    The Oscar-winning movie, which was released in the US in November, has taken $1.219bn (£723m) worldwide, overtaking Iron Man 3’s total haul.

    It now stands behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, with $1.34bn (£795m) in global ticket sales.

    The feat comes two months after it was confirmed Frozen had become the highest-grossing animation in history.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27585310

    gotta see this one.

  17. 31 amk for obama
    May 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

  18. 32 desertflower
    May 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Here’s the transcript from the debate about S. 1982 which is the veterans bill that Jon Stolz is referring to in his conversation with Conason. Enlightening.

    http://capitolwords.org/date/2014/02/26/S1144-2_comprehensive-veterans-health-and-benefits-and-mil/

  19. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    May 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

    So freaking AMAZING. Loooooooove that the Obama Administration has been championing STEM over and over again.

    Today’s going to fantastic!

  20. 34 JER
    May 27, 2014 at 11:10 am

  21. 35 JER
    May 27, 2014 at 11:10 am

  22. 36 Nerdy Wonka
    May 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

  23. 37 JER
    May 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

  24. 41 amk for obama
    May 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

  25. 42 Jovie
    May 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Beware of the EMO progs they will strike today.

    • 43 Jovie
      May 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

      9800 troops

    • 44 hopefruit2
      May 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Why – because PBO supposedly said he plans to retain 9800 troops in Afghanistan after this year?

      • 45 japa21
        May 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

        Yep, to them 1 is too many. Although I would prefer they were all out, that would be unrealistic.

      • 46 symmetry11
        May 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

        I don’t know why people are surprised about this. We have always known that the US would have some sort of continued military presence. We can not realistically just pull out completely.

      • 47 Jovie
        May 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

        For example : Rachel!!!

      • 48 amk for obama
        May 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

        I think it is contingent upon only if afghanistan signs the security agreement.

        corrupt karzai out and the new president (prolly Abdullah Abdullah) may just do it.

  26. 49 Linda
    May 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Sen Blumenthal is the wrong person to discuss the VA ….he lied about his Vietnam Service……many times

  27. May 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

    GM TOD. Wonderful R&S Chips!

    President Obama will be on “Live with Kelly and Michael” Friday, taped Thursday at Sports Concussion Summit

    President will speak later this afternoon on Afghan troop withdrawal

  28. 53 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

    These kids are so confident and articulate to begin with. But to be so confident and articulate in front of PBO takes an extra-special something…I am thoroughly impressed and awed by these youngsters!!!

  29. 55 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Damn..these science fairs are so inspiring. I wish the media would focus on them more…We need more of these role models for our young and not-so-young alike!!!

    • May 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Did you hear the young group of 7 year olds earlier who made a warning system for rising heat temperatures in closed cars? They wanted to help prevent the many deaths of young children every year!!!! Just astonishing science and heart.

  30. 58 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

    WHScienceFair is number 4 trend on Twitter right now. :)

  31. 60 Nena20409
    May 27, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Gold to Vetivera24.

    Morning. Afternoon Evening to TOD everywhere.

  32. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    May 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    He’s so freaking AWESOME!

  33. 62 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

    • 63 Nena20409
      May 27, 2014 at 11:45 am

      REngel knows better. Shouldn’t Richard be tired of covering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by now?

      I, personally would have preferred a far fewer number of troops left behind. But I am not CIC nor do I have Military background.

      • 64 japa21
        May 27, 2014 at 11:52 am

        Engel does no better. And if the mere presence of military troops beyond embassey security defines a war continuing, what about Bosnia, or, Heaven forbid, Korea, which could still be considered an active war (I know, officially a ppolice action) since there has never been a final treaty signed ending hostilities. That seems to have been pretty long.

    • 67 0388jojothecat
      May 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      The blk guy said “he won’t eat anywhere he’s not safe”. I guess they don’t feel safe at home. This is pure ignorance. Good thing he was with his red neck friends. I bet he won’t walk around carrying at note in a white neighborhood.

  34. 68 Jovie
    May 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    But Rachel sez…

    • 69 Nena20409
      May 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Dr Maddow has her opinions, but she has Never served in the Military and she has Never planned withdrawing Battalions before. So in this case, Talk is Cheap.

      US is still in South Korea, Germany, Egypt, Japan, etc and No BODY calls those stationed there as still fighting Units.

  35. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    May 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Mornin’, Chips, and TODville.

    That image of the President embraced in the salute at Arlington is wonderful. I’m guessing it’s one of Pete’s. Just a brilliant photo, which tells a gigantic story within it.

  36. 71 amk for obama
    May 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

    LOL.

    It would be an understatement to say that the tactics of gun rights activists have been backfiring of late. The showdown has taken place foremost in Texas, where in recent months groups such as Open Carry Texas have conducted provocative demonstrations in which armed men exercise their right under state law to carry semi-automatic rilfes in public. No fewer than five national food and beverage chains have now told them to get rid of their guns or get lost, including Starbucks, Wendy’s, Applebees, Jack In The Box, and Chipotle.

    And now Chili’s and Sonic have effectively joined the list: Two videos posted on YouTube on May 19 by the San Antonio chapter of Open Carry Texas—since removed from public view but obtained by Mother Jones—show its armed members being refused service at both restaurants. The two companies have not made official statements on open carry but have since indicated that they are reviewing their policies. From the nervous and angry reactions of some patrons to comments from some of the gun activists themselves, it’s not difficult to see why these spectacles haven’t been winning many people over.

    Open Carry Texas and other gun groups, whose common goal is legalizing the open carrying of handguns in their state, evidently have concluded that none of this is helping their cause. On Friday, four of the groups released a joint statement asking supporters to retreat from such tactics. “We have decided the prudent path, to further our goals, is to immediately cease taking long guns into corporate businesses unless invited,” the statement said.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/guns-open-carry-chilis-sonic-videos

    No kidding, numbnutz

  37. 77 desertflower
    May 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    What just happened there?? Some reporter asked PBO something that I couldn’t make out and he very politely said, ” I’m sorry, we’re doing a science fair.” Good for him! This is THE KIDS DAY!

  38. 79 Jovie
    May 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

  39. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    May 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Some men truly are assholes.

  40. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    May 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

  41. 83 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I would like to know who was the reporter who did this…she needs to be publicly shamed and humiliated. This is extremely disrespectful not just to the President but to the young people (their parents and families) who were there for the Science Fair. I’m sick of these damn overpaid gossip-mongers who call themselves journalists being put into these once respectable positions.

    • May 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I saw her. Not sure who she is though. I feel embarrassed for her. POTUS was nice about it, but he was clearly annoyed.

    • 88 MightyPamela
      May 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      She is very high profile on the WashingtonWeek, I have seen her many times there, when I used to watch television. Once upon a time I thought of those people as intelligent and well-informed. They were the reason I finally gave up on media reports, it became very obvious it was all about their opinion, stated in a very matter-of-fact way. Quite convincing until we learn to think for ourselves.

    • May 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      I was hoping someone here heard it. Darn. I thought I heard the word “country.”.

  42. May 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Last? 😎 The kids are amazing.

  43. May 27, 2014 at 11:57 am

  44. 97 Nerdy Wonka
    May 27, 2014 at 11:58 am

  45. May 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  46. 101 hopefruit2
    May 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Her name is Alexis Simendinger and she’s from Real Clear Politricks (not surprisingly)….

    Let me clobber her arse on Twitter….

    • 102 99ts
      May 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      And look at this tweet from the weekend – some pundits are ALWAYS wrong

      Alexis Simendinger ‏@ASimendinger May 23
      President Obama’s schedule Sat/Sun conspicuously blank. I see golf & friends ahead during his weekend. (Some bets are a cinch.)

      • 103 hopefruit2
        May 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        I was told that Ms. Simendinger was one of the Bush/Cheney Iraq War cheerleaders…

        • 104 99ts
          May 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

          Well she punted that PBO was having a golfing weekend with friends – when he went to visit the troops in Afghanistan. A reporter with a brain would have looked at the “empty” weekend and got an inkling. Supporting GWB – sure indication of stupid.

  47. 106 Jovie
    May 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Andrea Mitchell just asked are we giving up in Afghanistan?

  48. May 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you Chips for the great R&S. Now as an administrator of a tiny blog I realize how much more there is to this blog than what’s on the surface. That you everyone who paid their respects to my cousin. I am very grateful and his family will be too.

  49. 110 Nena20409
    May 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    For the Next 10 Days……POTUS is directing His Foreign Policy Doctrine…….Driving the Narrative and Focusing the discussion. Now those who are going to attack will, undoubtedly, without ever offering any alternative.

  50. May 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Is the Science Faire on a break? Boy do I feel like an underachiever. The kids are genuinely glad to talk to an adult, especially the President who understands the importance of their work and asks intelligent questions.
    I hope this is the right tweet. . .

    • May 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      First-Ever White House Maker Faire
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      Tom Kalil and Jason Miller February 03, 2014 12:48 PM EST
      Maker Faires and similar events can inspire more people to become entrepreneurs and to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Administration is already partnering with companies, non-profits, and communities to make the most of this emerging movement. The Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, collaborated with the Veteran’s Administration to support the creation of a TechShop in Pittsburgh, where members can access cutting-edge tools for making, andprovided memberships for thousands of veterans. With funding from the Department of Labor, the AFL-CIO and Carnegie Mellon University are partnering with TechShop Pittsburgh to create an apprenticeship program for 21st-century manufacturing and encourage startups to manufacture domestically. Similarly, with support from Americorps and leading companies and foundations, the Maker Education Initiative is working with schools and youth-serving organizations to provide students with access to Making. Last summer, the group engaged more than 90,000 youth and families around the country in Making activities. The White House has also honored Maker Movement leader Dale Dougherty as a Champion of Change. Later this year, the Administration will launch an all-hands-on-deck effort to provide even more students and entrepreneurs access to the tools, spaces, and mentors needed to Make. There are many ways in which, in addition to the contributions of thousands of individual Makers, companies, universities, mayors and communities, and foundations, and philanthropists can get involved.


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