Archive for April 3rd, 2013

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Apr
13

“This time it must be different”

President Barack Obama embraces siblings Sue Connors and Jane Dougherty following a forum at the Denver Police Academy. Their sister, Mary Sherlach, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary

(Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets Terry and Tom Sullivan whose son Alex was killed in the Aurora theater shooting

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora

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…. with Denver Police Chief Robert White and Sandy Phillips during a round table discussion at the Denver Police Academy

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03
Apr
13

Heads Up: President Obama speaking on gun violence

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5:0 EST: The President delivers remarks on common-sense measures to reduce gun violence, Denver Police Academy

White House live * CBS * CNN

03
Apr
13

The unworthy poor

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According to Think Progress, the state of Tennessee is prepared to pass a law that ties welfare benefits to the academic achievement of recipients’ children. As the article states:

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, and Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah. It calls for a 30 percent reduction in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits to parents whose children are not making satisfactory progress in school.

If one does a search on Google News for “drug testing for welfare”, one learns that at least 36 states have passed or introduced legislation requiring drug testing for welfare applicants. (The GOP controlled House is also mulling similar legislation.) The first state to do so was Florida. The ACLU took the state to court and had the law blocked; its future is uncertain. But the purported purpose of the law—to save money—didn’t quite achieve its goal.

In the four months that Florida’s law was in place, the state drug tested 4,086 TANF applicants. A mere 108 individuals tested positive. To put it another way, only 2.6 percent of applicants tested positive for illegal drugs — a rate more than three times lower than the 8.13 percent of all Floridians, age 12 and up, estimated by the federal government to use illegal drugs. Now might be a good time to remind folks that in the debate over the bill, Gov. Rick Scott argued that this law was necessary because, he said, welfare recipients used drugs at a higher rate than the general population.

None of these laws have been passed or proposed with an eye towards helping welfare recipients get off the dole and move into work. The case of Florida shows that the stated purpose has no relation to reality. But what these laws in fact do is reinforce one of the Right’s favorite bogeymen: the unworthy poor, the welfare queens, the takers leeching off the makers.

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03
Apr
13

Rise and Shine……

Revealing that Politico explicitly says its goal is to drive conversation among DC elites — not to inform the public.

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 Jim VandeHei at the 1:00 minute mark

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Tina Brown: News has lost all integrity

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Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) has a gay son, but refuses to back gay marriage.

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His son makes a its gets better video http://t.co/Blr7nNJCsL

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Cardinal Dolan: Church needs better outreach to gays

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Prop 8 & DOMA Late night round-up

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Egypt’s Jon Stewart still getting laughs amid turmoil

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