Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets children during her visit to a school, Escuela Siete de Enero, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 14, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Today (all times Eastern):

9:30 AM: The President hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast, East Room

1:0: Jay Carney briefs the press


The Week Ahead

Tuesday: The President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

Wednesday: President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy.

Thursday: The President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.

Friday: The President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion. Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.



CNN Money: Thankful for Obamacare

Many enrollees are thankful for Obamacare coverage. CNNMoney looks at some of the success stories.

Name: Kathy Bentzoni, 58

I started feeling sick in January, but I thought driving a school bus, I was picking up whatever the kids had. But when I was checking the school bus early in the morning in the cold, all my fingers would go numb.

I had signed up for health insurance early enough to get coverage for Jan. 1. I had to drop my old, useless insurance back in November because I could no longer afford the premiums. The insurer denied every claim I sent in because they said it was a pre-existing condition. That’s the wonder of Obamacare … they can’t say that anymore.

I have a Highmark Blue Shield silver plan. I pay $55 for the premium with the tax credit. I almost cried when I saw it. I thought ‘Oh my god, I can actually afford this. It’s amazing!”

On March 1, I had to go the ER. They found my hemoglobin level was 5.7, and the normal is 14. I needed a transfusion. It was due to a rare blood disorder.

Where would I be without Obamacare? ER, 3 units of blood, multiple tests in the hospital and a 5-day inpatient stay without insurance? Probably dead.

I have to thank Obamacare for saving my life.

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Brian Beutler: Democrats Need to Start Blaming the GOP for the Death of Charlene Dill

How liberals should talk about the Medicaid expansion

On Wednesday, the Orlando Weekly published the explosive and infuriating story of Charlene Dill, a struggling, 32 year old mother of three who collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor late last month. According to Weekly reporter Billy Manes, Dill suffered from a treatable heart condition. She also fell into what policy experts call the Medicaid coverage gap — a hole the Supreme Court punctured in the health safety net when seven of its justices rendered the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion entirely voluntary.

Over 20 Republican state governments have ripped that hole wide open by refusing billions of federal dollars, offered on the sole condition that they be used to insure residents who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. In their states, residents who weren’t previously eligible for Medicaid, but currently earn too little to qualify for subsidies to purchase private insurance, are out of luck. Experts estimate that five million people nationwide have fallen into the gap. Nearly a million of those people reside in Florida alone — collateral damage in the GOP’s war against Obamacare. Dill was one of those people. She was selling a vacuum cleaner to earn the money she needed to buy her heart medication when she collapsed.

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ThinkProgress: Kathleen Sebelius’ Biggest Achievement Is The One No One Is Talking About

Kathleen Sebelius wasn’t President Obama’s first choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services and oversee the passage and implementation of health care reform. But after Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) dropped out, Obama tapped the two-term Kansas governor and former state insurance commissioner. Sebelius didn’t have much D.C. experience, but had an impressive track record of working across the aisle as a Democratic governor in a red state.

And while the united GOP opposition to health legislation eventually overwhelmed any goodwill Sebelius had built up within the Republican party and the rocky rollout of Obamacare has come to dominate the discussion of her tenure as secretary, that bipartisan quality proved essential to the implementation of the law. Sebelius leaves the office having enrolled some 10 million people in health care coverage. This was only possible because she convinced numerous Republican lawmakers in bright red states to extend health care coverage to the poorest Americans. No one is talking about it, but it is her biggest and most impressive achievement as secretary.

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BBC: Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian attack in Ukraine’s Horlivka

Pro-Russian activists have attacked another official building in east Ukraine, ignoring a deadline to leave or face eviction by Ukrainian forces.

A crowd stormed a police station in the town of Horlivka, near Donetsk, taking control of the building.

Ukraine’s interim president hit out at “aggression” from Russia, but signalled support for a national referendum.

Olexander Turchynov said Kiev was “not against” a vote on the future of the country, a key demand from protesters.

Mr Turchynov also said Ukraine was preparing an “anti-terrorist operation” against gunmen occupying government buildings in Sloviansk and a number of other towns and cities.

Correspondents says people in eastern Ukraine are anxiously waiting to see if Mr Turchynov carries through on his threat to use the army against the pro-Russian groups.

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Bloomberg: Obama’s Shrinking Budget Deficits Silence Foreign Fiscal Critics

Six months ago, global finance officials meeting in Washington berated the U.S. for failing to put its fiscal house in order. This time, the critics were silent.

The Congressional Budget Office is projecting the 2014 deficit will be the lowest in six years and down more than 60 percent from the record $1.4 trillion in 2009. With the annual April 15 tax filing deadline looming, the U.S. has received about $80 billion more in income taxes this fiscal year than it had 12 months earlier.

The Treasury’s coffers are swelling as the almost five-year economic expansion gains momentum, generating more corporate and personal income-tax revenue and reducing spending on social services. Stronger growth, in turn, will depend less on government spending to fuel growth than it has in the past.

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Steve Benen: Obama calls out ‘the real voter fraud’

It’s easy to get inured to stories about voting restrictions. The imposition of new hurdles, intended to keep more Americans from participating in their own democracy, has been ongoing for about three years, and the tactics have become so common in so much of the country, maintaining a sense of outrage is simply exhausting.

But common or not, the outrageousness hasn’t changed. The very idea that a major political party in a modern democracy has decided to give itself an electoral advantage by systemically and deliberately blocking voter access should be called what it is: a genuine national scandal.

Given this, it was heartening to see the issue get the spotlight by way of the president’s bully pulpit.

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ThinkProgress: The 3 Most Sobering Graphics From The U.N.’s New Climate Report

The overall message of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s newest report is simple: a rapid shift to renewable energy is needed to avert catastrophic global warming. The science behind that message, however, is less simple.

In an attempt to make the message more clear, the IPCC’s report — produced by 1250 international experts and approved by every major government in the world — uses a number of charts to get its point across. Though the charts themselves are very complex, they provide a way to visualize increases in human-caused greenhouse gases, where those gases come from, and what they could do to our climate.

Here are three of the most sobering charts from that report, and what they tell us about the state of our warming world….

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USA Today: Obama: Kansas shooting ‘horrific’

President Obama says his administration will assist in the investigation of the Kansas shooting that left three people dead at a Jewish community center and retirement complex.

“I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation, and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time,” Obama said in a statement.

The president, who called the shootings “horrific” and “heartbreaking,” said that he and first last Michelle Obama “offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

A white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan member has been arrested and charged with the shooting.

More here



Crooks and Liars: Minnesota Becomes Fifth State To Hike Minimum Wage In 2014

With Congress deadlocked and incapable of addressing mounting economic inequality, cities and states are doing what they can to pick up the slack.

On Friday, the Minnesota House approved raising the state minimum wage to $9.50 per hour. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), it’s the fifth state to hike the minimum wage this year, following  Delaware, West Virginia, Connecticut and Maryland, which just approved its hike earlier this week.

Two aspects of the Minnesota bill make it especially helpful for low-wage workers.

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Courier Journal: Grimes: Raising minimum wage would help families

The shared belief that if you have the grit to work hard, there should be no ceiling to your potential, is what binds us together as Kentuckians. We are people who reward ingenuity and industry. We celebrate success, and believe in the virtue of a job well done.

But the hard truth today is that far too many families in the commonwealth are struggling to make ends meet. The promise that every Kentuckian has a chance at working their way into the middle class is fading. The rich are getting richer, while many Kentuckians live below the poverty level.

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On This Day

President Obama and the First Lady with daughters Malia and Sasha and their new dog Bo on the South Lawn of the White House, April 14, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C, April 14, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama meets with Jon Favreau Director of Speechwriting in the Oval Office to review a speech April 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama gives an address to students at Universidad Iberoamericana, April 14, 2010

President Obama hugs country music artist Garth Brooks in a West Wing hallway at the White House, April 14, 2010. The President was presented with the 2007 Grammy Award for best spoken word album for his book “The Audacity of Hope” (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, April 14, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate, including from left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., House Republican Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to discuss Wall Street reform, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, April 14, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama walks through the Rose Garden of the White House with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, April 14, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama gives gifts to Make-a-Wish child Kai Dunbar, third from left, and her family, during their visit to the Oval Office, April 14, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Kai’s mother, Kimberly Dunbar; father, Kem Dunbar; sister, Kacie Dunbar; and brother, Kem Dunbar II (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama puts on a Chicago Bulls hat and waves to the crowd after delivering remarks at a 2012 campaign event at Navy Pier in Chicago on April 14, 2011

President Obama delivers remarks at a 2012 campaign event at Navy Pier in Chicago on April 14, 2011


President Obama meets with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina during the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama at the CEO Summit of the Americas, in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14, 2012



121 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Good am all!

  2. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    April 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for this, Desertflower. It was easy if one got access to credible news and paid attention instead of being blinded by Obama Derangement Syndrome. It also showed how network news and CNN are misinforming viewers and how much damage they did with their breathless coverage of birthers by giving legitimacy to those racist nut jobs. The state of some media in this country is abysmal.

    The questions some respondents missed was quite puzzling. I got all questions correct.

    Anyhooo….take the quiz, TOD and if any of you miss a lot of questions, I will be ashamed of you and will point at you all day. 🙂

  3. 33 desertflower
    April 14, 2014 at 9:39 am


    Thom Hartmann took libertarianism to task on his show recently, and the most interesting highlight was a soundbite he played from Alan Greenspan, where Greenspan admitted the the whole notion of “counterpart surveillance,” a foundational economic idea of libertarianism, doesn’t work.

  4. 34 Nerdy Wonka
    April 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I loooooooooooove that President Obama embraces all faiths, non-faiths, and cultures that make up part of humanity.

    Easter prayer breakfast/Easter? You’re welcome. Greek Independence? You’re welcome. St. Patrick’s Day? You’re welcome. Nowruz? You’re welcome. Passover? You’re welcome. Hanukkah? You’re welcome. Christmas? You’re welcome. Cinco De Mayo? You’re welcome. Kwanza? You’re welcome. Diwali? You’re welcome. You have no beliefs? You’re welcome. You don’t appreciate any of the celebrations but won’t be rude? You’re welcome.

    It’s wonderful to have a President who respects all. Plus, we benefit by getting a virtual front row view to so many amazing celebrations and performances.

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      April 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

      What a beautiful way to phrase all that, NW. Thanks for the uplifting comments!

    • April 14, 2014 at 10:39 am

      i loved how NW phrased it as well…i try to use something similar with my sister…when these kinds of issues threaten to divide us….this is how PBO keeps inspiring me in so many ways that i cannot count!!!

  5. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    April 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Bravo to the children and their choir!!!!!

  6. 38 desertflower
    April 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

    The motto is STILL “Follow the Money!”


    CVS Pharmacies recently took the remarkable step of ending its sales of tobacco products nationwide. The remaining US pharmacy chains were recently asked to follow CVS’ lead by a range of public health advocacy groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, the American Lung Association, Action on Smoking & Health, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Legacy, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Trust for American’s Health.

    But one prominent organization refused to sign: The American Cancer Society. Peter M. Bach, M.D., wondered why this was so, and more generally why Walgreens, which continues to sell coffin nails, draws more praise from the American Cancer Society than does CVS. His answer:

    the society received donations from the pharmacy chain…the chain fund-raises for the Cancer Society from its customers, through things like keypad donations at checkout counters.

    This really makes me sick. They are taking the money generated by Walgreen’s, as opposed to siding with the pharmacy that did the right thing. Think about that when you decide what pharmacy to patronize.

  7. 41 dotster3
    April 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

    So the new intern, BT Danny, did this R&S? He did a pretty good job. 🙂 Love that photo of PBO at Navy Pier in Chgo he chose to feature—-everything about it! Intern Danny has a good eye!

  8. 44 Nerdy Wonka
    April 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

  9. 45 amk for obama
    April 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

  10. April 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

  11. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    April 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Just hearing President Obama’s remarks about the heartbreaking killings by the “raging anti-Semite” white supremacist hater in Kansas. Thank you, Mr. President, for offering comfort to those who lost loved ones – and to all of us.

  12. April 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

  13. April 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Great R&S Chips!!!

    Won’t be around much today. From current reports on Ukraine it’s obvious that Putin has no intention of ending the invasion. Only question now is when does Ukrainian Government start fighting.


  14. April 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    PaHouse Dems video…

    take note of the empty seats…not sure if this was a press conference…if it was…where is the press!

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      April 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      PT, they won’t get any respect from the media because they don’t have a majority. We need to take back the PA House AND get a Dem governor.

      • April 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

        perhaps they need to have their announcements on the Streets….somewhere that would garner attention…we need to do different things to get different results

  15. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    April 14, 2014 at 10:33 am

  16. 63 japa21
    April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Morning all. Have I told you yet how much I hate this winter? What, you say it isn’t winter any more? Saturday it was 80 degrees, got lots of yard work done. Today in the 30’s, will go below freezing tonight and an inch of snow is forecast. Don’t tell me it isn’t winter any more.

    • 64 jacquelineoboomer
      April 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I believe I’m not that far from you, so once the snow is done smacking you in the face, it’s coming here to do the same to me. Bah humbug.

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      April 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      See, Japa, here’s the weakness in your strategy to chase winter away – ‘Saturday it was 80 degrees, got lots of yard work done’! You don’t rush out to do yard work on the 1st (or 2nd or 3rd or….) good day!!! It’s simply disrespectful to winter IMO – like you can’t wait! I saw a couple of my crazy neighbours doing the same – luckily not enough of them to tempt the weather gods! Frankly, I wait a good long time (at least a month) and make sure winter is all gone, before looking for my rake. By the time I get ‘lots of yard work done’ you can bet your last penny there’s no snow on the horizon, and the neighbours are starting to give my lawn the side eye! 😉

  17. 66 globalcitizenlinda
    April 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

  18. 70 globalcitizenlinda
    April 14, 2014 at 10:39 am

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      April 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thanks. Will check that out. It should also include the devastation it brought families, including the PTSD of the (what they then called “shell shocked”) fathers who came back from WW2 changed forever. Similar to what’s being suffered by today’s military men and women, in combat and upon their return. And for all the wars in between.


  19. 72 globalcitizenlinda
    April 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

  20. 73 japa21
    April 14, 2014 at 10:49 am

  21. 79 Ladyhawke
    April 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

    After Slamming Obama As “Lawless,” Right-Wing Critics Cheer Lawless Rancher Waging “War” On Government


    • 80 Sandy1110
      April 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      As ever, they love it when the white guys do it.

      The uppity black President? How dare he??!?!!!?

  22. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    April 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Be careful what you tweet.

    She thought it was funny impersonating a Muslim and tweeting terroristic threats to American Airlines. American Airlines responded and told her they had sent her IP address to the FBI and all relevant agencies and she still thought it was funny and alternately mocked everyone then pretended she hadn’t sent the tweet, then deleted the tweet as though it hadn’t been screen capped by a lot of people. She then mocked American Airlines coming after her because her parents are wealthy and their money will protect her and have always protected her from everything. Arrogant twerp.

    How is it funny to use Muslims to engender hate and fear in others? How is it funny in this day and age to make terror threats and think it’s a joke?

  23. 83 dotster3
    April 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I saw an article in KC press that a reporter knocked on the anti-Semite/Klan shooter’s home in Mo.—–it was surrounded by a barbed wire fence and had a pickup adorned with 2 confederate flag stickers. And I am always disturbed that so many of these supremacists/militia crazies have a military background. He was in the Army for 20 years, including 13 years with the Green Berets, until he was made to retire when his Klan membership became known. I don’t know the percentage, but every time I read a story about one of these whackos, or check out some hate peddler in the twitter wars, there almost always seems to be a military background. So many seem to end up so disturbed, if they didn’t, in fact, start out that way.

    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      April 14, 2014 at 11:24 am

      So many honorable people serve in the military – worked for the Navy for 30 years and knew many of them, all looking to defend our country and prevent wars and battles by being part of the sheer strength of our Department of Defense. Unfortunately, as you intimate, the military also seems to attract a host of these disturbed individuals … many don’t last 20 years, but they pick up tactics and techniques which they think they can “use” in civilian life, against the rest of us. Especially if we’re not in the majority of whatever group they imagine they belong to … especially if they’re RWNJ haters aka terrorists like Timothy McVeigh and this criminal-minded ass.

      Of course, there are wackos and haters on Wall Street, too, as you also know. Thank goodness we have a strong Justice Department, as well.

  24. 85 JER
    April 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

  25. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    April 14, 2014 at 11:27 am


    Thank you, President Barack Obama!

    • 88 Vicki
      April 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

      In my humble opinion this is why Laura Ingraham has been hired at ABC.

      President Obama’s across-the board successes has left the GOP/MSM/RW Nothing but hate as their hook.
      They are doubling down.

      Meanwhile PBO has improved the life, health and financial security of coountless millions of us. Now all we have to do is get our voters to the polls and vote for our Winning! team.

  26. 89 dotster3
    April 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Meanwhile, in my own back yard, 36 people were shot in Chgo over the weekend, 4 fatally, including a 17 yr. old girl. I was hoping the lower numbers the last few months was a permanent trend, but it appears it was just the frigid temps that get the credit. The warmer weather has brought out the shooters again, now brazenly shooting in broad daylight and out of cars on the expressways, making commutes a nerve-rattling proposition.


  27. 90 Nena20409
    April 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Morning TODers.

    Great R&S.

    In OH, Fed Court said OH must recognize same sex marriages from outside the state.

  28. 91 Nena20409
    April 14, 2014 at 11:31 am
  29. 92 Nena20409
    April 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
  30. 96 Nena20409
    April 14, 2014 at 11:50 am

    This is the David Pakman show. The Hater is Vile. Information is power, I believe.

    This video is truly informative as it pertains to the anti-Semite who shot and killed 3. Hate is an inoperable cancer. Ron Paul is the only politician that he likes.

    • 97 Nena20409
      April 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Given 3 choices: Pres Obama. VP Biden. Alan Greenspan.

      The hate said: Elect Obama. Waterboard Biden and Deport Greenspan.

      Hate makes Zero sense. At 73 he will rot in jail.

      • 98 amk for obama
        April 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

        elect obama???

        • 99 Gazelle
          April 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

          That got me scratching my head too! 🙂

        • 100 Nena20409
          April 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          Yes Amk. I was shocked. But his deep seeded hate is for “The Jews” I have no clue as to why VP Biden had to be waterboarded. Twisted SOB……that is all in his head.

          The Pakman radio host is Jewish. My guess is that the hater is showing his hatred by saying ‘elect Obama’ for he was given THREE names. The comment was towards the last 19 mins on the Video.

      • 101 hopefruit2
        April 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        Trust me Nena, this guy harbors the same (or worse) level of hatred for Obama as he does for Jews or anyone who doesn’t fit his White Supremacist’s definition of pure Aryan blood. This response he gave was to throw people off – you should read the article where he fantasizes about PBO and HRC being assassinated and there being “nigger riots” just like when “Martin Looter Koon” was killed. Sure elect Obama, because be will be targeted and probably killed somewhere along the way anyway…

  31. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    April 14, 2014 at 11:51 am

    CNN is reporting from the Pentagon that an apparently unarmed Russian military plane buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea about a dozen times on Saturday … what the Navy called “provocative and unprofessional.”

    Back to “breaking news” on the missing plane for CNN, no doubt …

    • 104 Layla
      April 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      I don’t know…CNN LOVES war..hoping for war…Just watch for all of the ‘formers’ that are going to be interviewed to promote war, calling PBO’s response weak….and urging WAR

      • 105 jacquelineoboomer
        April 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        CNN and the entire MSM are now part of what Eisenhower called (and warned against as) the Military-Industrial Complex. The only people who don’t actually pine for war in that complex are those sons and daughters who will have to fight it. And normal people like President Obama and many military leaders and all of us who want peace and diplomacy.

        To everybody else, it’s a damn “war game.”

  32. 106 Nena20409
    April 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
    • 107 Nena20409
      April 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm


      The Congressional Budget Office released a report Monday morning revising down the cost estimate of the Affordable Care Act to the federal budget by $104 billion over the next decade, and raising the amount of people expected to be insured by the law by 1 million.


      It Keeps Getting Better.

      Haters will continue to hate. MSM will continue to Lie and Distort.

      But Facts Continue to Prevail.

    • 108 Nena20409
      April 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm


      In its latest projections for Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office has lowered the law’s costs over the next 10 years by more than $100 billion.

      Most of the change can be linked to lower spending on tax subsidies for coverage purchased on HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts, which can in turn be linked to lower-than-expected premiums.

      CBO projected that the federal government would spend $164 billion less than previously expected on Obamacare subsidies by 2024. It appears that a number of factors contributed to that change. Premiums, especially in the near term, are expected to be lower than previously projected: The office estimated premiums would rise on average by about $100 in 2015. They are still expected to rise over the next decade, but at a lower rate than previously thought.

  33. 109 amk for obama
    April 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  34. 110 Nena20409
    April 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm


    At the close of the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast on Monday, President Barack Obama unexpectedly turned the floor over to Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop.

  35. 111 Gazelle
    April 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    [LOL! Gubna Oops is lawyering up!]

    “The hiring of David L. Botsford is the latest signal that the inquiry into Perry’s conduct might be gaining momentum after a seven-month investigation. Perry, whose term will end in January, is not seeking re-election.”


  36. 112 dotster3
    April 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    The 3rd person shot in the hate crime in Kansas yesterday has been identified as a 53 yr. old mom of 3 and an occupational therapist at a childrens’ center for the visually impaired, who was visiting her mother at the assisted living facility there. She is Catholic. So——-this anti-Semite who set out to kill Jews and shot 3 people in the parking lots of a Jewish-affiliated center and a retirement center ended up killing 2 Methodists and a Catholic.


    • 113 Nena20409
      April 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      So this Hate’s rage didn’t have his Kill The Jews antenna right?

      May he die in prison for his act and for taking 3 lives.

  37. 114 Gazelle
    April 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    [McTurtle not read for a damn thing!]:

    “But despite promises of a ‘presidential-level campaign’ this year, political observers say the McConnell operation has seemed prone to hitting potholes — including, most recently, running an ad that first mistakenly featured Duke University basketball players celebrating a championship, instead of University of Kentucky players, and then replacing it with one that ran afoul of NCAA rules.”


  38. 116 Nena20409
    April 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    In 2007, was sen Obama Black enough.

    7 yrs later…..The Fix is now asking is Pres Obama Black?

    Pray Tell Chris Cillizza of the Fix, Who Died and made You the decider of what Pres Obama Is or not?

  39. 118 Ladyhawke
    April 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 22m


    BREAKING: Darrell Issa will hold a special House Investigation into the shrinking deficits and expanding economy.


  40. April 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Such mundane and fickled questions from the MSM/they prove more and more how useless they are becoming

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