Archive for April 25th, 2013

25
Apr
13

Almost completely frivolous night owl chat with ABBA

It’s been a tough couple of weeks. Boston got bombed. Parts of our country blew up due to that “small government” libertarians love so much. And today the millionaires in Congress got together to exempt air towers from the sequester. Yes, air safety is very important; but so are the least among us who are being impacted by these sequester cuts. But, that’s an essay for tomorrow. And, whatever his decision, I #trustBarack. Right now we need something brainless, and of course that means a spot of ABBA.

Mamma Mia

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25
Apr
13

This and That

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Forward to 1 hr 59 for the President’s remarks – text of remarks here

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Caskets and pictures of firefighters are seen as President Obama speaks during a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, for the firefighters who were killed in a huge blast at a Texas fertilizer plant last week

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An honor guards stand next to twelve caskets at the West Memorial Service in Waco, Texas

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25
Apr
13

A few toons for your afternoon






This is your afternoon open thread.

25
Apr
13

President Obama speaks at memorial service for West, TX victims

3:15 PM EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Baylor University Memorial Service for the victims of the West, TX plant explosion

White House live

CNN * CBS

25
Apr
13

Well, thank heavens that’s over

“I mean, Mitt Romney? WTF?”

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3:15 PM EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Baylor University Memorial Service

25
Apr
13

Contain your excitement: It’s almost GWB library time

10:45 ET: Coverage starts on C-Span 3

11:0 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at the George W Bush Presidential Center Dedication Ceremony. First Lady Michelle Obama attends

White House live * CBS * CNN

25
Apr
13

Rise and Shine

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Rachel Weiner: The group launched by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, is out with its first ads criticizing senators who voted against expanded background checks for gun purchasers.

The Americans for Responsible Solutions radio spots target Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Both ads feature disappointed voters lamenting that their senator “ignored the will of the people” and opposed “common sense legislation” to “keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

To start, it’s a buy of a couple hundred thousand dollars — not huge — but it’s a sign of what the group is planning in the wake of legislative defeat. The New Hampshire ads are running in Concord, Manchester, Keene and the Seacoast. The Kentucky ads are in Louisville and Lexington.

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Melanie Hicken: GE Capital, which provides consumer financing services, had previously provided lending services to gun shops to help consumers finance firearm purchases. Earlier this year, the company sent letters to shops notifying them that the program would be terminated for future purchases.

The move was the result of “a more rigorous audit process… in light of industry changes, new legislation and tragic events that have caused widespread reexamination of policies on firearms,” GE Capital spokesman Russell Wilkerson said in an e-mail.

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Reason #114,844 as to why the Obama Administration is freaking fantastic

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Jared Bernstein: Here’s a US Senator (Tom Coburn) from yesterday: “the fact is, our country is headed toward bankruptcy” (from CQ News, no link).

In fact, the fact is that this is factually incorrect.  To the contrary, according to a recent, detailed analysis by GS researchers, the budget deficit is falling faster than was expected, as the rate of spending is falling and receipts are rising.  There are, of course, growing deficits in our future, but they have everything to do with health care spending and nothing to do with bankruptcy.  Preserving current cuts–Coburn was explaining why he was blocking legislation to replace the sequester–will only make it harder to escape the current slog in which we’ve stuck for a very long time.

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Dylan Matthews: Good news for George W. Bush! His approval rating is the highest it’s been in years, just as he’s set to open his presidential library at Southern Methodist University. Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of Bush, up from 33 percent when he left office as the economy cratered.

Bad news for George W. Bush! His newfound popularity comes, as my colleague Dan Balz notes, because of “the passage of time and Bush’s relative invisibility” rather than any re-evaluation of his record. Majorities still oppose his decision to invade Iraq and disapprove of his handling of the economy.

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Jamelle Bouie: This week, George W. Bush dedicates his presidential library and re-enters public life after a long, quiet hiatus. Not that he was missed.

Most Americans have nothing but disdain for the former president. The failures of his administration—including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, and the 2008 financial crisis—left him with an abysmal approval rating. And as recently as six months ago, a majority of voters viewed him as responsible for the poor economy. If, as suggested by some conservative pundits, America has graded Barack Obama on a curve, it’s almost certainly because he is still dealing with the fallout from eight years of neglect, disinterest, and incompetence.

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**Hypocrisy, thy name is GOP**

ThinkProgress: House Republicans plan to vote on a bill on Wednesday that would shift money from the portion of Obamacare that invests in prevention and use it to expand a temporary initiative that has helped individuals and families with pre-existing medical conditions obtain coverage.

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Esther Yu-Hsi Lee: In the past year, housing ownership by Americans fell to 65.3 percent while ownership increased among immigrant households. But if the bipartisan immigration bill set forth by the Gang of Eight passes, that number could soon skyrocket.

The growing trend among immigrants has been to rent for a few years, then to purchase a house as a way of solidifying their American dream. While the rental market is expected to steady because of the projected upward mobility, housing ownership is expected to increase due to increased job growth. With the push for immigration reform, the ability for highly skilled immigrants to seek jobs will allow them to pay for a home, which is often viewed as the ultimate price of permanence. Immigrants make up just 16 percent of the United States population, but they are expected to make up 35.7 percent of homeowners by the year 2020.

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In it’s about time news…

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

8:30AM: VP Biden receives His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Naval Observatory

11:00AM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication Ceremony. First Lady Michelle Obama attends. (**Network coverage begins at 10:00AM ish**)

2:00PM: VP Biden meets with gun safety advocates at the White House

3:15PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at Baylor University at the memorial service for the victims of the West, TX plant explosion. First Lady Michelle Obama also attends

7:10PM: Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Dallas, TX enroute D.C.

9:40PM: Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Joint Base Andrews

9:55PM: Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the White House

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Random Photo From April 2012: President Barack Obama jokes with Vice President Joe Biden and Senior Advisor David Plouffe in the Outer Oval Office (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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