President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (partially seen at left) and Sasha attend church services at Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
As part of the service on this holiday weekend, Deacon Hendri Williams read from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thank you jacquelineoboomer, love the cover.
Although it’s kind of amusing that Ron Paul-promoting Andrew Sullivan would call the President’s critics dumb. :roll:
Charles P. Pierce (Esquire): Willard must be destroyed. Seriously, isn’t that what we’re all hoping for this weekend, when the 10,987th and 10,988th of 12,322 scheduled debates between the Republican presidential contenders are held?
…. N. Leroy Gingrich demonstrated quite clearly on Tuesday night that his sole purpose in political life now is the removal of Willard’s spleen with a melon baller….
…. Attack politics is Gingrich’s legacy. It is his only material contribution to the political history of this country … nasty, hopelessly shameless, comically megalomaniacal, and altogether about as healthy to the political dialogue as a case of the mange…
…Other than Gingrich’s descent back to the Dark Side, the biggest question on Saturday night is who will hammer Rick Santorum, Papist nutter and new GOP It Boy……
TPM: Starting Saturday, two of the new health care law’s most significant reforms take effect – or at least begin to take effect.
The first will dramatically clamp down on insurance industry waste, abuse, and excesses. Starting on New Year’s Day, insurance companies will have to spend at least 80 percent of the revenues they receive from premiums on actual health care. Not on salaries or overhead…..
..…The other is much more visible. Senior citizens – a demographic that’s skeptical of the bill – will see real benefits. In 2011, the law will begin to close the Medicare Part D coverage gap – the infamous “donut hole.” Seniors who reach the donut hole will now receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs, the first step in a 10 year plan to fill the hole completely. Seniors will also now receive free annual checkups, screenings and other preventive care.
Other changes will also kick in … but these are the biggies. Add them to other reforms that have already taken effect – such as a ban on discriminating against children with pre-existing conditions, and the new right parents have of keeping their children on their family insurance plans until they’re 26 years old – and you’re talking about a bunch of stuff that would be very unpopular to repeal.