Archive for April 22nd, 2013

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Apr
13

rip richie havens – night owl chat

Richie Havens on Barack Obama, from a Cleveland Plain Dealer 2008 article:

Q: We’re speaking on the same day that Barack Obama will become the first black man to be nominated for president by a major party.

A: Amazing, isn’t it?

But I’ve been totally sort of accepting of the fact that that might’ve happened, let’s say, in 1964. [laughs] You know?

It’s been a long time coming.

I’ll walk through a place and see three or four kids and they’re standing there and they’re actually selling Obama shirts.

I say, “Who’s that?” — fooling around with the kids.

“That’s Obama!”

“Yeah? What’s happening with him?”

“He’s gonna be president!”

This is the biggest change America will ever have.

“Freedom”


“All Along the Watchtower”


“Fire and Rain”


The world has lost another poet.

This is your night owl open thread.

22
Apr
13

Moment of Silence

Pete Souza: Photo of President Obama observing a moment of silence at 2:50pm today in honor of Boston Marathon victims

22
Apr
13

The White House Science Fair

President Obama looks at the COOL PADS for shoulders, helmet, armpits and groin created by Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson and Caleb Robinson, from Flippen Elementary School, McDonough, Georgia, during the White House Science Fair

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President Obama tries the bicycle-powered emergency water-sanitation station, created by high schoolers Payton Karr and Kiona Elliot from Oakland Park, Florida

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22
Apr
13

Cyclist-in-Chief

More later from the Science Fair – just off to see Manchester United win the title 😎

22
Apr
13

Heads Up: It’s Science Time

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1:35: President Obama views science fair projects, East Garden and State Dining Room

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2:25: President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair

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Also at White House live – if you’re using that link, make sure you click what you want to see in the list on the right, lots going on at WH Live at the same time

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2:50: President Obama will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombing (private)

22
Apr
13

Coming Up Today

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11:30: Live from the White House Science Fair with LeVar Burton:

12:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

1:35: President Obama views science fair projects, East Garden and State Dining Room:

2:25: President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair:

Also at White House live

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2:50: President Obama will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombing (private)

22
Apr
13

Rise and Shine

President Obama reacts as Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon during the second White House Science Fair, February 7, 2012

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Today:

12:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

1:35: President Obama views science fair projects, East Garden and State Dining Room

The President will host the White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010, fulfilling a commitment he made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”

2:25: Delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair

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Steve Benen: The latest reports suggest Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still unable to speak, due to a gunshot wound to the neck, but he’s begun to respond to questions…. while everyone involved certainly hopes these discussions produce answers, they coincide with a growing political debate, spurred on by conservative Republicans, about Tsarnaev’s legal fate….

…. It’s worth emphasizing that [Sen. Lindsey] Graham, a longtime lawyer and a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, appears to be simply be making up legal standards as he goes along.

The Obama administration has already invoked the public-safety exception to the Miranda law, though Graham is arguing this isn’t enough …. he’s saying officials should look for al Qaeda connections for a month, in the hopes that evidence might justify the move retroactively. That Tsarnaev is an American citizen, captured on American soil, apparently doesn’t matter to Graham and his allies…..

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