Archive for October 25th, 2013

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Tweets Of The Day

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Oct
13

Brooklyn ♥ President Obama!

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President Barack Obama hugs a little girl inside Junior’s Restaurant next to Democratic Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn

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President Barack Obama autographs a pumpkin inside Junior’s Restaurant next to Democratic Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio

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President Barack Obama and New York City Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio visits Junior’s Cheesecake restaurant in the Brooklyn borough of New York

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President Barack Obama orders cheesecake from Junior’s Restaurant next to Democratic Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio

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Carrying a takeout order of cheesecake, President Barack Obama and New York City Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio leave after they visited Junior’s Cheesecake restaurant

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25
Oct
13

President Obama At P-TECH

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with students before speaking at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School about the importance of education in providing skills for American workers in a global economy

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with students at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn

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President Barack Obama tries an “Earthquake Tower Challenge” as he visits a classroom

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, visits a math classroom

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, laughs as he visits a classroom

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13

Chat Away

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25
Oct
13

Heads Up: President Obama in Brooklyn

White House Live * C-Span * CBS

Streaming has started at CBS

3:45 EDT: President Obama Speaks on the Next Generation of Middle Class American Workers and Entrepreneurs, Brooklyn

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Oct
13

Coming Up

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Coming Up:

2:15: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) National Issues Conference

(Can anyone find a live link?)

3:25: President Obama visits Pathways in Technology Early College High School, Brooklyn

3:45: Delivers remarks

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Chat awaaaaaaay, more in a while.

25
Oct
13

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama votes early, Chicago, October 25, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

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Today (all times Eastern):

1:20: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

1:45: First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden greet the USO Volunteer of the Year, The Spirit of the USO Award honoree, and 6 USO service honorees and their families

2:15: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) National Issues Conference

2:30: President Obama arrives in New York

3:25: Visits Pathways in Technology Early College High School, Brooklyn

3:45: Delivers remarks

6:45: VP Biden and Dr Jill Biden deliver remarks at the Annual Issues Conference of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum at the Newseum

7:0: President Obama delivers remarks at a DCCC event (private residence)

8:10: Attends a DNC event (private residence)

9:55: Departs New York

11:05: Arrives at the White House

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden host a poetry recital in honor of Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif, wife of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in the Blue Room of the White House, Oct. 23, 2013. The poems were read by Billy Collins, an American poet, and Sojourner Ahebee, a student poet (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Reuters: Obama to chide Republicans on spending cuts at school event

President Barack Obama will take a swipe at austerity-minded Republicans on Friday ahead of a looming budget rematch, urging against the backdrop of a model school that spending, rather than belt-tightening, is key to economic growth.

Lawmakers are girding for a conference starting Wednesday aimed at reconciling vastly different spending plans put forward by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Obama will use a speech at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, New York, whose technology curriculum he has praised as a beacon for the future, to contrast his budget priorities with Republicans.

More here

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Very happily, I missed the Chris Hayes/Joan Walsh/Ezra Klein chat on MSNBC – any one of those three on my TV would have been too much, but all of them at the same time? Ugh. Any way, Tommy Christopher on the ‘discussion’ here

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Arkansas Times: More than 60,000 Arkansans have enrolled in the “private option” for Medicaid

In testimony before the Joint Public Health Committee at the capitol, the Department of Human Services released the latest figures on enrollment in the “private option” for Medicaid expansion. Through October 19, more than 60,000 have enrolled, and more than 4,000 have submitted applications, pending an eligibility check from DHS.

To put these numbers in perspective: the “private option” has already reduced the number of uninsured adults (18-64) in Arkansas by almost 14 percent.

More here

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OFA

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Boston Globe: ‘Remarkable’ mental health care changes near, Biden says

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the country is on the cusp of what he called “remarkable changes” in the treatment of mental illness.

Speaking at a forum on mental health to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act, Biden said the human brain is the new frontier for exploration in 2013.

… Biden said that ongoing research also holds promise for returning veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress. And as a result of President Barack Obama’s health care law, he said, more people have access to care for mental illness because the law bars insurance companies from denying coverage due to preexisting conditions like bipolar disorder.

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Steve Benen: Full of sound and fury signifying nothing

The political goals for congressional Republicans going into yesterday’s “Obamacare” hearing were relatively straightforward: (1) use website troubles to question the Obama administration’s competence; (2) hope the publicity might discourage consumers from getting coverage to which they’re entitled; and (3) pretend they care about substance, not grandstanding.

It wouldn’t have even been that difficult. The Affordable Care Act’s website really has suffered from systemic flaws and plenty of folks really are frustrated. If Republicans wanted to maintain the pretense that consumer access matters to them, there are actual, legitimate complaints to raise.

But they blew it.

More here

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Yet more astonishingly ignorant ‘reporting’ from CBS:

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Steve Benen: Raising Medicare age eligibility doesn’t work

Talk of Medicare “reforms” have become a familiar political refrain, though the word doesn’t always mean the same thing to everything. The Affordable Care Act, for example, includes cost-saving reforms for the Medicare system that Republicans endorsed, then condemned, then endorsed again. For their part, GOP lawmakers frequently push ideas such as expansive “means testing.”

And then there’s raising the Medicare eligibility age, which is a perennial favorite on the right, and which President Obama was reportedly willing to entertain as part of the 2011 “Grand Bargain” talks before congressional Republicans rejected the offer. It nevertheless remains a key GOP “reform” goal, premised on the assumption that a higher eligibility age would save a fortune.

It wouldn’t….

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Steve Benen: N.C. Republican ousted following ‘Daily Show’ interview

…. Don Yelton, a Republican Party official in North Carolina, thought it’d be a good idea to appear on “The Daily Show” and defend his party’s new voter-suppression law. It didn’t turn out well for him or the state GOP.

If you missed the interview, it’s a doozy. Yelton, who’s practically a caricature of himself, told Aasif Mandvi the new state voting law is intended to tilt elections in Republicans’ favor, used the “n” word, referenced “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything,” and said, in all seriousness, that one of his “best friends is black.”

… The controversy coincides with a new effort, launched just this week, in which the North Carolina Republican Party is trying to expand its outreach to the African-American community.

Full post here

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Greg Sargent: The implosion of the GOP brand, in one chart

See here

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They’re eating each other alive, part 876:

TPM: Americans For Tax Reform’s Policy Director Calls Tea Party ‘Freaking Retarded’

Americans For Tax Reform Tax Policy Director Ryan Ellis said on Wednesday night that he’s starting to think tea party activists are “freaking retarded.”

…. The tweet provoked ire from conservatives…

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President Obama meets with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office, Oct. 24, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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GOPRasmussen?!

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A staff member walks President Obama’s family dogs, Bo and Sunny on the South Lawn of the White House, October 24

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A Year Ago Today ….. and what a day – Tampa in the morning:

Then on to Richmond:

Then off to Chicago to vote:

President  Obama casts his ballot during early voting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago, Oct. 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Then on to Cleveland for the coolest rally entry in the history of rally entries:

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MoooOOOooorning!

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