Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin

12
Sep
13

FLOTUS Says —-> Drink H20

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First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Eva Longoria participate in an event at Watertown High School to encourage people to drink more water in Watertown, Wisconsin.

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First Lady Michelle Obama reacts during an event at Watertown High School to encourage people to drink more water

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in an event at Watertown High School to encourage people to drink more water

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First Lady Michelle Obama poses for a picture with a student at an event at Watertown High School to encourage people to drink more water

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09
Jul
13

Rise and Shine

@vj44: Perfect day in DC for the start of the season and visit to the @whitehouse

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Today:

10:20: Live From the Kids’ State Dinner: Entrances (WH Live)

10:30: The President meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus

10:45: White House Public Health and Climate Change Champions of Change (WH Live)

11:25: Live From the Kids’ State Dinner (WH Live)

11:55: First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the second annual Kids’ State Dinner (WH Live)

12:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney (WH Live)

1:0: Kids State Dinner: Rachel Crow Musical Performance (WH Live)

2:0: Vice President Biden Speaks at Fire Fighter Memorial Service, Prescott Valley, Arizona (WH Live)

2:35: The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Lew

4:30: Meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel

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President Obama meets with his Cabinet and senior officials in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 8 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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NYT: U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan

Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.

Mr. Obama is committed to ending America’s military involvement in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and Obama administration officials have been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a small “residual force” behind. But his relationship with Mr. Karzai has been slowly unraveling, and reached a new low after an effort last month by the United States to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.

Mr. Karzai promptly repudiated the talks and ended negotiations with the United States over the long-term security deal that is needed to keep American forces in Afghanistan after 2014.

More here

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Steve Benen: …. We’re left with a dynamic that the political establishment still finds difficult to fully grasp: GOP officials could make the federal health care system better and more to their liking, but they see no value in that. They’d rather sabotage it, regardless of the real-world consequences. They could help get rid of a mandate they oppose, but they’d rather keep the policy they hate in the hopes it won’t work, people will feel adverse consequences, and there will be new fodder for 30-second attack ads a year from now.

Some people pursue public service want to build things, and some pursue public service because they just want to watch things burn.

…. The most generous thing I can say about their approach is that it’s fundamentally unserious about helping anyone. The least generous thing I can say is probably inappropriate for a family-friendly blog.

Full post here

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Ezra Klein: Obamacare just got easier to implement, not harder

This hasn’t been a banner news week for Obamacare. But can it really be true, as my colleague Jennifer Rubin writes, that “Everyone now agrees: Obamacare can’t be implemented”?

Er, no.

I asked around …. Larry Levitt, vice president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation: “….. If anything the delay removes some potential administrative complexities from the plates of the implementers……” …. Timothy Jost, a health law expert at Washington and Lee University’s School of Law, was even blunter. “Implementation just got easier rather than harder,” he said.

Well, so much for “everyone.”

As those interviews indicate, the thinking among health-care experts is closer to the precise opposite of Rubin’s bombastic headline: The Obama administration has decided to accept some bad media coverage now, and some higher costs later, in order to make Obamacare much, much simpler to implement next year…..

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Steve Benen: On Friday, when he hoped no one was looking, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) approved sweeping new restrictions on reproductive rights, including a requirement that women receive a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating a pregnancy, and regulatory measures that would close half of the state’s abortion clinics.

The law was supposed to go into effect statewide yesterday. A federal court had other ideas…..

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ThinkProgress: Sorry, Republicans, Your Own Investigation Proves No Dead People Voted In South Carolina….

South Carolina never found a single dead voter in recent elections. At least, that is the final word from the State Election Commission investigation into whether 900 people voted using a dead person’s name….

…. When Attorney General Alan Wilson demanded the original investigation, he cited “an alarming number” of cases reported by the DMV that “clearly necessitates an investigation into criminal activity.” ….

…. [This] will not prevent state Republicans from redoubling strict voter ID efforts, invigorated by the recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act. In fact, Wilson celebrated the decision, calling the Voting Rights Act an “extraordinary intrusion” and pledging to implement voter ID ….

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ThinkProgress: Bush-Appointed Judge Slams Decision Striking Voting Rights Act — Court’s Reasoning Was ‘Made Up’

If a leading conservative scholar and former judge were now on the Supreme Court instead of Chief Justice Roberts or Justice Alito, it is likely that the Voting Right Act would remain intact.

Judge Michael McConnell was a leading conservative law professor at the time President George W. Bush named him to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2002 …. McConnell was also widely viewed as a possible Supreme Court nominee during the Bush Administration.

In an interview with NPR’s Nina Totenberg, McConnell has harsh words for the five conservative justices’ recent decision neutering much of the Voting Rights Act — labeling the reasoning that drove that decision “made up.”

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17
Feb
13

Rise and Shine

Five years ago: “Words matter” (Wisconsin, Feb 2008)

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MooooooOOOOOooooorning everyone. Another busy-ish Sunday, but, as usual, I’ll be dropping in and out and will update a bit later.

23
Nov
12

Ten Steps to Victory: Yours?

September 4: Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention

Sublime.

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September 5: Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention

The ‘Explainer-in-Chief’: Masterful. #Arithmetic

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September 17: Mother Jones? We salute you. Romney exposed …. with his very own words.

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05
Nov
12

‘Keep Hope Alive’

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@BarackObama

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Coming up (all times ET):

3:15: Michelle Obama in Charlotte

4:10: President Obama delivers remarks at Nationwide Arena, Columbus (still not sure about this one, some schedules say 2:25 ET)

6:10: Michelle Obama in Orlando

7:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Va.

10:50: President Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks in Des Moines

(I hope all these times are right, will correct asap if they’re not)

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05
Nov
12

Heads Up: President Obama in Madison

11:45 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at MLK Boulevard, Madison, Wisconsin

C-Span * CBS * CNN * WKOW

…. and this photo from Madison was taken a couple of hours before the rally

@OFA_WI

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Later (all times ET):

12:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va.

3:15: Michelle Obama in Charlotte

4:10: PBO delivers remarks at Nationwide Arena, Columbus (still not sure about the time of this one, it says 2:25 in some schedules)

6:10: Michelle Obama in Orlando

7:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Va.

10:50: President Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks in Des Moines

(I hope all these times are right, will correct later if they’re not!)

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OFA – thanks Jovie

04
Nov
12

Rise and Shine

Milwaukee, Nov 3

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EDT

8:0: President Obama departs the White House

9:30: Arrives Concord, New Hampshire

** 10:25: Delivers remarks at Capitol Square, Concord **

11:50: Departs Manchester, New Hampshire

2:50: Arrives Hollywood, Florida

** 3:40: Delivers remarks at McArthur High School, Hollywood **

5:0: Departs Hollywood

7:10: Arrives Cincinnati, Ohio

** 7:55: Delivers remarks at 5th/3rd Arena, Cincinnati **

9:10: Departs Cincinnati

MDT

9:50: Arrives Aurora, Colorado

** 10:25: Delivers remarks at Community College of Aurora at Lowry **

11:30: Departs Aurora

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NYT: This year, voting is more than just the core responsibility of citizenship; it is an act of defiance against malicious political forces determined to reduce access to democracy. Millions of ballots on Tuesday – along with those already turned in – will be cast despite the best efforts of Republican officials around the country to prevent them from playing a role in the 2012 election.

Even now, many Republicans are assembling teams to intimidate voters at polling places, to demand photo ID where none is required, and to cast doubt on voting machines or counting systems whose results do not go their way. The good news is that the assault on voting will not affect the election nearly as much as some had hoped. Courts have either rejected or postponed many of the worst laws. Predictions that up to five million people might be disenfranchised turned out to be unfounded.

But a great deal of damage has already been done….

Public outcry, with support from the courts, may eventually remove these threats to democracy. For now, those who contribute to a heavy turnout on Tuesday will send a message that Americans reject any underhanded effort to place political gain above a franchise for which people have given their lives.

Full editorial here

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Heading to New Hampshire, Nov 4

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I hate linking to Huffington Post, but it’s worth it for the ‘Open Letter to President Obama’ that accompanies this amazing photo – see here (Thank you DesertFlower)

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01
Nov
12

Las Vegas

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Full speech:

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Eva Longoria with White House Speechwriter Jon Favreau and White House senior adviser David Plouffe

…. and David Axelrod

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Florida, Nov 1

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Today’s Green Bay speech – must-see:

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Next:

9:0 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Coors Events Center, Denver




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