Archive for April 30th, 2013

30
Apr
13

night owl chat, part 2: James Joyce

…yes I said yes I will Yes.

To those of you who will sleep, sleep well.

To those of you wending your ways through your days, do so with passion.

30
Apr
13

Night owl chat: Solo piano version

Eventually one of you is going to slap me upside the head with these night owl musical posts. Until then, we soldier on. Tonight we explore the art of the piano.

First up: Mozart, “Rondo alla Turca”, from Piano Sonata no. 11 in A major

Beethoven, “Bagatelle no. 25 in A minor”, otherwise known as “Für Elise”

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30
Apr
13

This and That

President Obama & the First Lady backstage in the Green Room before today’s Joining Forces event. Photo by Pete Souza

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Michael Tomasky: Well, we learned something new about what’s going on in wingnut land. Apparently, you see, there are four–no; make that at least four!–diplomatic officials who are in possession of vital information about Benghazi: the department’s (er, Hillary’s) refusal to increase security in the months before the attack; the diplo security forces (er, Hillary’s) failure to respond to the attack in the most forceful way; and finally, the administration’s (er, Hillary’s) cover-up and lies in the aftermath.

Ed Henry asked about this right off the bat, injecting a dose of Breitbartism into the proceedings. Like everyone else in America who tries not to patronize the fever swamps, I went “huh?” Then I Googled it and got this Fox News piece laying out the whole vast conspiracy:

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Here’s the press conference again:

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That ‘Honest, I’m trying *reeeeeeally* hard to take you seriously’ look

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30
Apr
13

Video: The Press Conference

30
Apr
13

The Press Conference

10:40 EST

White House live

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11:45 AM President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady and Dr. Biden Make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses

White House live

30
Apr
13

Rise and Shine

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Today:

10:15: President Obama holds a press conference

11:45: The President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr Jill Biden make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses

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MarketWatch: In another sign of an improving deficit picture, the Treasury on Monday said it expects to pay off debt in the current quarter for the first time in six years.

In a statement, Treasury said it now expects to pay off $35 billion of debt in the April-to-June quarter, compared to an earlier projection, given in February, that it would have to borrow $103 billion.

This will be the first quarter that Treasury has paid off debt since April-to-June period 2007.

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ThinkProgress: Over the last several days, the Syrian crisis has exploded back into the news. As the U.S. debates how to respond to the now two-year long struggle, here’s the what you need to know….

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