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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama is reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall as he delivers remarks during the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

7:50 AM: President Obama departs the White House

9:15: Arrives Stewart Air Base, Newburgh, New York

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10:0: Delivers commencement address, West Point

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Also at White House Live

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12:0: Vice President Biden Delivers the Commencement Address at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

1:05: President Obama Departs Newburgh

2:20: Arrives White House

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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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Time: Why Obama Is Leaving 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

By choosing to leave almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the formal end of American combat operations later this year, President Barack Obama made a choice between two imperatives.

One was to make a clean break with a war that has lasted more than 12 years, costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives, with inconclusive results. Obama was happy to take that path in Iraq, from which he pulled out the last U.S. soldier in December 2011. (There’s some dispute as to whether Obama preferred to leave a small residual force but was denied by the Iraqi government; suffice to say Obama wasn’t hell-bent on staying.)

The other imperative was to ensure that Afghanistan doesn’t become like a horror movie killer who springs up the moment the you think he’s dead and turn your back. Afghanistan’s security forces probably aren’t yet ready to defend their government against the Taliban, a weakened but hardly defeated enemy. A residual American force can aid the Afghans with everything from intelligence to logistics to medical assistance. (The Afghans have paltry Medevac capabilities, for instance—hardly a morale booster for their troops.) Obama may rightfully doubt that maintaining tens of thousands of U.S. forces can remake Afghanistan into a tidy success story. But neither does he want to preside over a slide back into a 1990s-style civil war.

More here

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Wall Street Journal: Learning From the California Shootings

At the vigil in Isla Vista, Calif., on Saturday, I realized how stupid I had been about the Boston Marathon bombings. I remember thinking on that awful day how glad I was that my son lived in Santa Barbara, away from places targeted by such evil. But after Friday’s shootings in Santa Barbara, in which six people were killed and 13 injured, I saw the terrible pain around me. About 5,000 gathered to mourn the senseless deaths and a generation of college students ripped from adolescence. The searing pain of another dad, Richard Martinez, got the attention of a nation this weekend when he declared:

More here

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The Atlantic: A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

I’ve heard it said that, if you take a walk around Waikiki, it’s only a matter of time until someone hands you a flyer of scantily clad women clutching handguns, overlaid with English and maybe Japanese text advertising one of the many local shooting ranges. The city’s largest, the Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club, advertises instructors fluent in Japanese, which is also the default language of its website. For years, this peculiar Hawaiian industry has explicitly targeted Japanese tourists, drawing them away from beaches and resorts into shopping malls, to do things that are forbidden in their own country.

Waikiki’s Japanese-filled ranges are the sort of quirk you might find in any major tourist town, but they’re also an intersection of two societies with wildly different approaches to guns and their role in society. Friday’s horrific shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater has been a reminder that America’s gun control laws are the loosest in the developed world and its rate of gun-related homicide is the highest. Of the world’s 23 “rich” countries, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is almost 20 times that of the other 22. With almost one privately owned firearm per person, America’s ownership rate is the highest in the world; tribal-conflict-torn Yemen is ranked second, with a rate about half of America’s.

More here

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Homicides by gun in region (PDF):

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NYT: What Did the Framers Really Mean?

Three days after the publication of Michael Waldman’s new book, “The Second Amendment: A Biography,” Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a killing spree, stabbing three people and then shooting another eight, killing four of them, including himself. This was only the latest mass shooting in recent memory, going back to Columbine. In his rigorous, scholarly, but accessible book, Waldman notes such horrific events but doesn’t dwell on them. He is after something else. He wants to understand how it came to be that the Second Amendment, long assumed to mean one thing, has come to mean something else entirely. To put it another way: Why are we, as a society, willing to put up with mass shootings as the price we must pay for the right to carry a gun?

The Second Amendment begins, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” and that’s where Waldman, the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, begins, too. He has gone back into the framers’ original arguments and made two essential discoveries, one surprising and the other not surprising at all. More:

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AFP: US doctors decry ‘political blackmail’ by gun lobby

A leading US medical journal hit out at the powerful American gun lobby for opposing the nomination for the post of top doctor, calling it a new form of “political blackmail.” At issue is the nomination to the post of surgeon general of a Harvard medical school physician named Vivek Murthy, whose parents were born in India. Murthy “has lived the American dream,” said the editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, noting his role in expanding HIV education, broadening access to healthcare and fighting childhood obesity.

His nomination awaits a vote in the US Senate, but that vote may be postponed or his candidacy withdrawn, amid reports that as many as 10 Senate Democrats would vote against him, enough to keep him out of the post. The National Rifle Association has sent letters to lawmakers and to members over the past two months, urging them to oppose Murthy based on his views on guns.

More here

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Interracial marriage approval didn’t exceed current gay marriage support (54%) until the late 90s

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Washington Post: From a diverse group of judges, a unanimous opinion on same-sex marriage

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The headlines are so consistent, they could be written by a computer: “Judge strikes down state ban on gay marriage.” But the federal judges who have supplied an unbroken wave of victories across the country to supporters of same-sex marriage are more diverse than their rulings would suggest: white and black, gay and straight, nominated by Democrats (most of them) and chosen by Republicans (a few of them).

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In Michigan, the message was delivered by a judge who took the bench while Ronald Reagan was president. In Utah, it came from someone who had barely celebrated his first anniversary as a judge. What they share is a judicial view that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: The Constitution requires that the fundamental right to marry be extended to gay couples.

More here

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Harpers Bazaar: The New Safety App For Women

It reads like a Law & Order: SVU episode, but it’s true: A year ago, a friend of mine left her two roommates at a bar to walk the three blocks home to their apartment in a yuppie Boston neighborhood. She wanted decent sleep before a Saturday morning exercise class; her friends wanted late night food. Instead, she was jumped by a stranger on the curb of her apartment building, brutally raped, and beaten in her living room while her roommates ate burritos, none the wiser.

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My friend is okay now—well, as much as possible—but I know she often replays those events, wondering if she should’ve just stayed out with her friends and slept through the gym class. If she’d done something, anything, differently, would it have changed the outcome of her night? It’s an unproductive exercise, both she and I know. And yet when I heard about Kitestring, she was the first thought that flashed in my mind, because maybe Kitestring would have helped her, had it existed then.

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Kitestring is a new service that aims to make sure people get from point A to point B safely, notifying their emergency contacts if they don’t. It’s not the first of its kind, but it’s the probably the best; unlike bSafe or Nirbhaya, which both alert your emergency contacts if you’re in trouble, it doesn’t require you to touch anything (like bSafe) or shake your phone (like Nirbhaya) to send the distress signal. Kitestring is smarter, because it doesn’t need an action to alert people, it needs inaction.

More here

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GOP RAPE ADVISORY CHART Volume 1-8

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NYT: Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say

Some newly minted college graduates struggle to find work. Others accept jobs for which they feel overqualified. Student debt, meanwhile, has topped $1 trillion.

It’s enough to create a wave of questions about whether a college education is still worth it.

A new set of income statistics answers those questions quite clearly: Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable.

The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to the new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s.

More here

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New Republic: Even Well-Integrated Schools Treat Black Students Differently

Sixty years after Brown v. Board, America’s classrooms may not be separate, but they’re still not equal

More here

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Businessweek: Political TV Ads: $445 Million Mostly Goes to Trashing Obamacare

Political candidates, their allies, and issue groups have spent nearly half a billion dollars on TV ads talking about the Affordable Care Act since the law was passed four years ago, according to a new analysis by Kantar Media CMAG, which tracks political ads. And for every $1 spent in support of Obamacare, $15 went to trashing it.

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Kantar monitors TV ads on local and national broadcasts and on national cable networks. Since the law was passed in March 2010, American television screens have witnessed an ”unprecedented, largely unanswered negative political ad spend,” the firm said in a presentation prepared for the conference last week of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

The lopsided spending pattern is more a reflection of public opinion than a determinant of it, says Elizabeth Wilner, senior vice president at Kantar Media Ad Intelligence. It indicates what messages political groups believe will hit home. ”In general, political advertising is a tell,” she says in an e-mail. “Where and when you air your ads, and what you say in them, [are] an encapsulation of your strategy to win.” Because most of the ads target local markets, national opinion polls don’t accurately reflect the influence of the advertising, and Wilner says no one has done the kind of local surveys over time needed to determine the effects of the ads. More:

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OECD: Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

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In OECD countries, around half the cost is from road transport, with diesel vehicles producing the most harmful emissions. Traffic exhaust is a growing threat in fast-expanding cities in China and India, as the steady increase in the number of cars and trucks on the road undermines efforts to curb vehicle emissions.

More here

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“The price we pay to drive doesn’t reflect the impact of driving on the environment and on people’s health. Tackling air pollution requires collective action,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, presenting the report at the International Transport Forum’s 2014 Summit in Leipzig, Germany (Read the full remarks).

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The Atlantic: Trucks Are Saving the American Economy

The average household spent $51,400 in the last year—about $800 more than the previous 12 months—and higher spending in one sector made up most of the difference. It wasn’t our anxious health care industry, or our enormous housing market, or even necessities like food and clothing. It was higher spending on transportation—mostly on new and used vehicles—that accounted for 60 percent of all additional dollars spent by households over the last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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New and used vehicle sales are on fire. But domestic car sales are down 6 percent. How that can make any sense? It turns that Americans are over cars. We’re buying trucks, instead.

Domestic and imported truck sales are up 8 percent in 2014, and they account for more than 100 percent of all new vehicle purchases, off-setting the decline in new cars. (The used-vehicle market seems to skew slightly toward smaller durable cars, but it’s hard to find great data.) Some smaller models, like the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata, are outselling last year. But overall, bigger is selling better across the board.

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Transportation accounts for about 17 percent of your typical household’s budget, whether you’re in the bottom quintile, the top quintile, or smack dab in the middle. It’s a funny category where Americans seem to spend about a sixth of their new income on getting around, no matter where they are in the income distribution. It’d be nice if some of this spending were shifting to public transit, but as we’ve written, the overwhelming majority of Americans still get to work in their cars and trucks and carpooling is still quite rare. Only about 6 percent of transportation spending goes to public transit. More:

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Bloomberg News: U.S. Plays Relationship Therapist in Gulf

Here’s a question that’s been nagging me for a while: Why don’t the Arab states that provide so many weapons, and so much funding, to the Syrian opposition, and that also demand greater U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, just intervene themselves? The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in particular, both vociferously support opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are very well armed. Saudi Arabia alone flies about 300 combat aircraft; the United Arab Emirates has at least 140.

More here

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If it is true — and I think it is — that the creation of no-fly zones and civilian havens would have prevented the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent Syrians, then why didn’t the Arabs, whose tears flow in rivers for their Sunni Syrian brethren, do more to protect them? One obvious answer is fear of Iran, the protector of the Assad regime. But to paraphrase Madeleine Albright, what is the point of fielding these superb air forces if you’re not going to do anything with them? More:

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On This Day

President Obama and Vice President Biden share a humorous moment with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office, May 28, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf, left, inspect a tar ball as they look at the effect the BP oil spill is having on Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, La., May 28, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama plays the Frog Bog arcade game with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and members of Christie’s family at the Point Pleasant boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., May 28, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

The President congratulates New Jersey Gov. Christie while playing the “TouchDown Fever” arcade game along the Point Pleasant boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. The President toured the boardwalk which had reopened following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.” May 28, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 President Obama high-fives kids during a visit to the Point Pleasant boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., May 28, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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113 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. May 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Thank a million LP for your highly informative R&S!!!!

  2. 3 TrumpDog
    May 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Morning

  3. 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 28, 2014 at 9:29 am

    GOOD MORNING EVERYONE AND I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS…PBO AT WEST POINT…GREAT WAY TO START THE DAY!

  4. May 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Morning Chips, Danny and TOD. Congrats on 1st, again . . .

  5. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    May 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Brilliant R&S, LP. Thank you.

  6. May 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Good morning everyone. Great newsie round-up, LP.

    ^ Wow. I consider myself lucky and grateful.

  7. 11 Ladyhawke
    May 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 30m

    looks like more vet groups comfortable coming forward and acknowledging GOPs in Congress are their political enemies; http://politi.co/1hdj9KW

  8. 12 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    WOW…WHAT A SEA OF AWESOMENESS OUT THERE…I AM SO EXCITED FOR OUR GRACEFUL,HUMBLE,INTELLIGENT AND DIPLOMATIC AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT WHO HAS RAISED THE BAR FOR INTEGRITY IN THE WHITE HOUSE IN THIS COUNTRY…PERSEVERANCE BEYOND THE PALE…BEYOND THE LOW LEVEL OF DANGEROUS SELF CONSUMPTION THAT HAS TAINTED THIS COUNTRY…..MAY THE GRACE OF GOD WALK WITH HIM AND PLACE A HEDGE OF PROTECTION AROUND HIM AND HIS FAMILY.

  9. 14 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    LP, Wow! You did an awesome job. Much appreciated.
    Greetings from MN to my Fellow TODville Community.
    Au for our Proprietor, Lady Chips.
    Sun Shine Most of All in my part of the Universe.

  10. May 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

    For Maya.

  11. 20 Vicki
    May 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, lovelyplains, and thank you for a hefty news present this morning.
    i intend to read the articles right after I watch PBO at WP.
    see you later.

  12. 21 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Serena Williams has Vacated the French Open.
    :( :( :(

    VAMOS! :(

    • 22 Melanie
      May 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Serena and Venus on the same day.

    • 23 anniebella
      May 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Serena never have much luck there, for what ever reason. Her sister also lost today.

    • 24 Dudette
      May 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I know. Both Wms sisters out on same day. Rest of the French Open will be boring for me on the women’s side. Good luck to any remaining US women players.

      Go Rafa! Go Tsonga!

  13. 27 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Good Morning! Very sad news…

    RIP Dr. Maya

    • 28 anniebella
      May 28, 2014 at 9:56 am

      So sorry to hear about Maya Angelou. I know POTUS and FLOTUS have heard the news by now.

  14. 29 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    OH NO…MAYA ANGELOU HAS DIED…AGE 86

    • 30 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

      THIS…IS SUCH SAD NEWS….I LOVE HER!…:(…SHE INDEED HAS A SPECIAL PLACE OF HER OWN IN HEAVEN WHERE SHE WILL SERENADE JESUS WITH HER WITT AND WISDOM.

  15. 31 hopefruit2
    May 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Trumpdog & Chips on 1st place tie! :)

    Thanks Chips for this super Wednesday R & S round-up. Really looking forward to hearing our President speak!

    We have lost a fine citizen, Maya Angelou, and will miss her dearly. May she RIP.

  16. 32 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

  17. May 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Thank you LP for the ginormous informative R&S. Excellent

  18. 34 99ts
    May 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Great R&S – many thanks LP.

  19. 35 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/kerry-tells-snowden-man-and-come-home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to “man up and come back to the United States.”

    Kerry was asked about Snowden in a nationally broadcast interview in the wake of an interview in which Snowden said he never intended to be holed up in Russia but was forced to go there because Washington decided to “revoke my passport.”

  20. May 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for this great R & S, LP. Grateful for all the information and ideas. You are appreciated.

  21. 37 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    NEWS SAYS PBO SPEAKS AT 10:15…HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO GRIEVE FOR MAYA BEFORE HE SPEAKS TODAY…GOD BLESS HIM.

    • 38 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 28, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I’LL BE BACK BEFORE HE SPEAKS…THE LORD IS WITH YOU PBO….ALL WILL BE WELL…

  22. 39 hopefruit2
    May 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Glad to see that SOS Kerry is not tolerating any B.S. from that stupid little twerp.

    • 40 anniebella
      May 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Sec. Kerry told Snowden that if he wanted to come back home the U.S. would have a plane to pick him up. He also said that Snowden is no patriot, a patriot would have stayed and stood up for what he done. But Snowden stole the info and ran selling it to the highest hater of the U.S.

  23. 41 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

    https://twitter.com/MichaelSkolnik

    This guy has a load of Dr Maya Angelou’s Twitpics.

  24. 42 amk for obama
    May 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

    US President Barack Obama is to announce a $5bn (£3bn) “terrorism partnership fund” for other countries to tackle extremists.

    The cash will help countries in the Middle East, Africa and East Asia.

    He will announce the plan in a speech at the US Military Academy in West Point.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27606536

    • 44 anniebella
      May 28, 2014 at 10:16 am

      So the comment from what was clear Obama haters, said that the military didn’t want POTUS in Afghanistan, they don’t like their commander in chief. Now I am not foolish enough to believe that all of them are supporters of POTUS, it would be nice if haters would admit that not all of the military hate POTUS. Haters speak for yourself.

  25. May 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Extraordinaryyyyyyyyyyyyyy R & S LP……Oooooooooooweeeeeeeee

  26. 47 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

  27. 48 amk for obama
    May 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

    putin’s cup of woes runneth over.

    The president of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia is said to have fled the capital Sukhumi after opposition protesters seized his office.

    Alexander Ankvab reportedly retreated to his home town Gudauta, 40km (25 miles) away, when talks with the opposition broke down.

    Many people in the Russian-backed region are unhappy with the ailing economy and lack of reforms.

    The Black Sea coastal region is recognised as a state only by Russia and a few other countries. It broke away from Georgia after a civil war more than 20 years ago and declared formal independence in 2008. Since then, it has relied militarily and financially on Russia.

    Russia is reportedly sending two senior officials, presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and deputy security council secretary Rashid Nurgaliyev, to Sukhumi in response to the crisis.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27600919

  28. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    May 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

    What a phenomenal woman and a life well lived.

  29. 50 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

  30. 51 99ts
    May 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I know very little about WP – are these the newbies arriving – and the media should be minimal – they sure look out of place

  31. 52 Dudette
    May 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

  32. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    May 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Her last tweet.

    Wow…wow…wow.

    May she rest in peace.

  33. 55 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 10:07 am

    MI a state now in the Total control of the GOP since 2010……is the latest state to OK a Minimum Wage Increase.

    2014 has a lot to do with that.

    Thanks pres Obama.

    • 57 yardarm756
      May 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Maya Angelou, renowned as a poet, novelist and actress, died this morning at age 86 at her North Carolina home, her literary agent said.

      Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “I created myself,” she once said. “I have taught myself so much.”

      The writer’s voice was born from a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for almost a decade. When she was 7, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him. “My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years,” she said.

  34. 58 amk for obama
    May 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

    “Of the world’s 23 “rich” countries, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is almost 20 times that of the other 22.”

    wow.

  35. 63 99ts
    May 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The Commander in Chief – bless him – always

    • 64 HZ
      May 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thank you, 99ts for your beautiful help in posting that video for me. I hope all will view it and be lifted within to continue to Keep His Back.
      {{{{{{TY, TY.}}}}}}HZ

      • 65 99ts
        May 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

        You are most welcome HZ – I replied to you on the last thread (if you haven’t seen same) – {{{{{take care of you}}}}}.

  36. 66 amk for obama
    May 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Embattled Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has an Obamacare problem, and not the one you think. His state’s version of the program, KyNect, is so popular and so successful, that if he tells voters outright that he wants to kill it, he might be killing his Senate career, too.

    “If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep KyNect or set up a different marketplace,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore told Louiville’s NPR affiliate WFPL.

    The only problem is, it isn’t true.

    Sure, Kentucky could continue to run some kind of state exchange in the absence of the Affordable Care Act. But what would it sell? All of the standards that improved insurance – and made comparison shopping easier – would be gone. All of the subsidies that enabled working class Kentuckians to afford it – gone too. Medicaid expansion? Say goodbye.

    And as the local Leo Weekly notes, the Kynect website and call center were funded by $252 million in federal ACA grants. So without that funding, Kentucky would be ponying up scarce state cash to support a Web site to sell a product that doesn’t exist anymore.

    http://www.salon.com/2014/05/28/gop_is_losing_the_obamacare_war_what_a_new_lie_reveals_about_the_laws_success/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

    Is grimes even calling out these blatant lies from mcturtle?

  37. 67 yardarm756
    May 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Looks like I’m gonna be peeling a few onions today………Dr. Angelou you have earned your rest.

  38. 69 desertflower
    May 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    YOU THINK??????????!!!!!!

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/gun-safety

    Setting aside why you really need to bring your loaded handgun to Walmart, just why do we have all these cases of people dropping, bobbling, bending over and having their gun fall out, strike the ground and discharge into someone’s arm, leg, butt, etc.? Police virtually always have a holstered gun on them. And you really seldom ever hear of one of them having this happen. TPM Reader AZ has some thoughts on the matter, tying back to TPM Reader SG’s question about criminal liability …
    Your reader’s question about “accidental” discharges of firearms and the responsibility of the person carrying the gun requires some more detail.
    I should say that my contact with guns was in my time as a soldier in the Swiss military. One of the things they drilled into us was that whenever we moved with the weapon (an assault rifle) the safety catch had to be on–to prevent accidental discharges.
    In the heat of a shooting exercise that included running from one position to another and shooting from both (or similar) you may forget to set the safety catch, but after some training it becomes automatic. I suspect that cops are drilled in a similar way which is why their weapons hardly ever fire unintentionally.
    The safety catch is a very simple and thus very reliable mechanism which is why never fails–unless someone manipulated the gun in some way. You can rely on this: In all these cases the catch was not set: People were carrying loaded and unsecured guns. It seems to me that this fits easily the definition of criminal negligence.

    Morning everyone. So sorry to hear about Dr. Angelou

  39. May 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    So sad about the awesome Mrs. Angelou. But celebrate her LIFE. I thought this a short but good summary:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2014/05/28/maya-angelou-dies-at-age-86/9663497/

  40. 71 hopefruit2
    May 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Our President is speaking.

  41. 72 amk for obama
    May 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

  42. 73 hopefruit2
    May 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    PBO: “Just because we have the best hammer doesn’t mean that every problem is a nail.”

    • 74 yardarm756
      May 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

      He put it out there, didn’t he! Now if only the “pinheads” could understand it. – smh

  43. 75 hopefruit2
    May 28, 2014 at 10:39 am

  44. 77 Lovepolitics2008
    May 28, 2014 at 10:42 am

    What a magnificent, brilliant, president ! He should be president for life ! So much vision, WISDOM. Integrity. PATRIOTISM at the HIGHEST LEVEL.

    One of the best presidents America has ever had. I put him on the same level as Lincoln. There’s a depth in this man that never ceases to amaze me.

    • 78 hopefruit2
      May 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Indeed Lp2008. Every time you think he couldn’t top a previous speech, he comes out and proves you wrong! :)

  45. May 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

  46. 80 57andfemale
    May 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Testing. wp doesn’t like me this morning.

  47. 81 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/herald-leader-mitch-mcconnell-obamacare-kynect

    “If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore told TPM on Tuesday.

    That doesn’t quite add up to the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    “Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls ‘Obamacare,’ and the state exchange would collapse,” the editorial said on Wednesday. “Kynect could not survive without the ACA’s insurance reforms, including no longer allowing insurance companies to cancel policies when people get sick or deny them coverage because of pre-existing conditions, as well as the provision ending lifetime limits on benefit payments. (Kentucky tried to enact such reforms in the 1990s and found out we were too small a market to do it alone.)”

    The editorial goes on to say that Kynect wouldn’t be able to survive without the federal funding from Obamacare.

    “Kynect is the Affordable Care Act is Obamacare — even if Kentuckians are confused about which is which,” the editorial continued.

  48. 83 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 11:03 am
  49. 84 57andfemale
    May 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Why does twitter have a new format every week?

  50. May 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

  51. 88 hopefruit2
    May 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I’m glad to see that West Point is trending on Twitter, despite having to compete with the news of Maya Angelou’s passing (which is appropriately the top trend right now).

  52. May 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Wonderful presentation and gift to PBO!

  53. 90 Nena20409
    May 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/beverly-young-david-jolly-challenge-2016

    When Republican David Jolly ran for the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s (R-FL) seat Jolly had the support of Young’s widow, who campaigned for him. Now, Young’s widow, Beverly Young, is saying she plans to challenge him in 2016 as a Democrat.

    “I am absolutely going to run against David in 2016,” Beverly Young told the Tampa Bay Times. “I’d do it now if I could. If I’d known that the Democrats wouldn’t put anyone up on that ballot, I’d have been there myself this time. I thought they had a candidate. I wouldn’t have been ready. But I would have run anyway.”

    /////

    I am sorry, but in this case, I hope that Dems in FL would say: Thanks, but No Thanks.

    • 91 amk for obama
      May 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

      So dems folded preemptively? Does rethugs ever not contest any seat?

      • 92 Nena20409
        May 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

        In FL, I am not sure what they do down there. I grew tired of FL when I learned in 2000 that they knew the ballot problems in 1996, but did absolutely nothing and that act helped the SCOTUS to award the presidency to GW Bush on Dec 9th 2000.

        In 2010, both Rubio and Rick Scott could have been defeated. Dems were infighting and both fools got elected by less than 45% of the votes.

  54. 93 hopefruit2
    May 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

  55. May 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

  56. 95 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I COULD FEEL THE ATMOSPHERE IN THAT PLACE…THESE PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE JUST BEEN ADDRESSED BY THE GREATEST PRESIDENT THEY WILL EVER SEE….GOD BLESS YOU PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…. THERE ARE ALOT OF REPUBLICAN RAISED GRADUATES IN THERE…PEACE…OUT………..WELL DONE MR. PRESIDENT!

  57. 96 Grab a Mop Grace
    May 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Pundits on MSNBC and CNN are just going on and on about how disappointing the Presidents speech was. “Small ball”, “expecting more”, “defensive”, etc.
    These people are insufferable. How do these people get their jobs? They are clueless.
    Back to HGTV.

    • 97 anniebella
      May 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Enjoy HGTV, much better then those pundits.

    • 98 japa21
      May 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Then there are the far more rational responses. pmcarpenter’s take was expressed in two words. He called the speech “Magnificently sane.”

      Then, after explaing a little bit more he finished with:

      “Because Obama’s speech was so magnificently sane, let the carping and slander begin.”

      And is has begun…idiots.

      http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2014/05/obamas-west-point-address-in-two-words.html

    • 99 EricFive
      May 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Their job IS to spout gop talking points. As long as they continue to do so their jobs are safe. Smart move to watch hgtv and avoid being brainwashed.

    • 100 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      WHAT THESE PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND BECAUSE OF BLINDNESS,IGNORANCE,EGO AND SELF CONSUMPTION IS THE FACT THAT…PRESIDENT OBAMA IS LEADING THE WAY CHRIST WOULD LEAD…JESUS CHRIST IS NOT A HAWK…HE IS LOVING AND ALSO JUST WHEN THERE IS NOTHING ELSE THAT CAN BE DONE. THE REPUBLICANS DO NOT DEPEND ON CHRIST LED LEADERSHIP…THEY WANT WAR…A DEFENSE BUDGET AND WILL EVEN SACRIFICE SOLDIERS IN AN EFFORT TO LOBBY CONTRACTORS…THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN VIOLENCE AS THE ANSWER WILL MEET WITH THE WRATH OF GOD. FRANKLY…GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH OF VIOLENCE.

  58. 101 57andfemale
    May 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

    The nefarious, RWNJ-complicit media: WCPT runs a short AP news segment at the hour and half hour. Don’t tell me this isn’t deliberate:

    “The President has decided on leaving a force of 10,000 soldiers in Afghanistan”

    Okay, technically ‘true’, but only for a year, cut in half the next year and a full pullout except for the embassy a year after that. The real news surrounding this announcement yesterday was that PBO did NOT opt for staying indefinitely, as had been widely reported for years. THIS was the real story – and no one reports it.

    Imagine the white noise people listening to their radios on the way to work in Chicago: PBO is leaving a force of 10,000 troops in Afghanistan.

    One of the callers to Stephanie Miller this morning was bemoaning PBO’s poll numbers when – by all previous measures – he has been a phenomenally successful President despite outrageous obstruction.

    It’s little phrases like the one above that chip away at the truth.

  59. May 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Bar sketch, with Pryor as an alcoholic named ‘Willie’, and featuring John Belushi as the bartender. Willie arrives at home, where his wife (Maya Angelou) expresses her feelings on her husband’s behavior, as he’s passed out on the sofa

    • 103 Dudette
      May 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Wow, that brought back memories.
      Powerful sketch. Both Dr. Maya and Richard were so gifted. Richard’s show back in the day deftly threaded the needle between comedy and social commentary. It was way ahead of its time.

  60. 104 amk for obama
    May 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

  61. May 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle…yes, Dave Chappelle.

    There are Four Parts to this. Here’s part one.

  62. 109 japa21
    May 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

    BTW, look at the first picture in this post, and it looks like PBO’s reflection is looking at a particular name.

    Richard D. Cheney.

    A much more honorable Dick Cheney than the one that got 5 deferemnts to avoid Vietnam and then callously threw away the lives of thousands, including over 4,000 service people in Iraq.

    • 110 Dudette
      May 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Wow, that’s amazing japa! I see that name at the beginning of that row!
      Would never have noticed that if you hadn’t mentioned it. Kinda eerie!

  63. 111 HZ
    May 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Most minds are daily saturated with unpreparedness by pundits who are so small in their work that they cannot and will not be able to understand and contain the greatness of a man like President Barack Obama on any level. They say they do, but just listen to what comes out of their mouths after he finishes great and profound speeches to all of us in all settings.

    My prayer is that these graduates will take away with them this powerful speech today from the 44th President and make sure they tuck it deep within, because as sure as they continue to walk this earth this speech will affect their lives for generations to come, and they will surely have to reach inside and lean on the core of this speech that they heard today. I hope that they will be moved today to really receive what the president just gave them on this 28th day of May 2014, and leave the pundits behind. Our world will need their strength that they will cultivate from the core principles of this speech by President Barack Obama today.

    May their journey be large
    May their hearts be channels of graceful service
    May their goals be in great care for the tasks before them.
    May God Bless them and Keep them in a gracious care that exceeds all of their expectations to come.
    We thank them, we pray for them, and we will continue to be there for them as they embark on a new calling from this day forward.HZ

  64. 113 sjterrid
    May 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    LP, great Rise & Shine thread. Thank you!

    When I got on my computer this morning I saw the sad news that Maya Angelou died. May God Bless her soul. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences to her friends and family.


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