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Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “‘Help me up!’, the President beckoned after posing for a photograph with children at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines.” April 28, 2014

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The President has no public events scheduled.

7:0: The President and First Lady mark Passover with a Seder Dinner, Old Family Dining Room


150 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    April 28, 2016 at 7:40 am

    GM Chips, Danny & Mma chips hoping you are all doing wonderfully. 😘

  2. April 28, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Good morning Chips!!

    Hope your mom is doing better each day — am sure the wine helps!!

    😀 😀

  3. April 28, 2016 at 7:50 am

  4. April 28, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats Roberta, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope all your needs, wants, and desires are met today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  5. April 28, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Take care, everyone … bbl …..

  6. 10 amk for obama
    April 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

    jtp update: the last runt arrived 4 hours late and survived. so +3. (hope she doesn’t spring any more surprises)

  7. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    April 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Morning Chips and early TODers. We’re having carpeting installed on our staircase, so I can’t reach my usual computer. This notebook skips all over the place, so it’s already driving me mad. Still, our stairs will look good in the end. A Latino friend who has been a Bernie supporter said he would vote for Hillary (yeah!), but is so angry at the DSCC for the nasty campaign against Sestak that he is writing him in. A lot of feelings are still raw from Tuesday, which is to be expected.

  8. 21 amk for obama
    April 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    “dood, help me climb down.”

    “well, you climbed up uninvited, so you climb down. …. or stay there, not my problem.”

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      April 28, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Awww..poor thing.

    • 23 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      April 28, 2016 at 9:38 am

      LOOKS LIKE THE BRISTOL APTS..YOU GUYS STILL IN THERE?

    • 24 Roberta in MN
      April 28, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Puppies are so darned funny when they get in a situation they don’t think they can get out of. Megan used to do that when she would get on theirs and forget how she got up there and “whine, Whine. Whine until I picked her up. Those stairs look tough, no carpeting?

      • 25 57andfemale
        April 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        My sweet Calliope, a blonde cock-a-poo – the only dog Mr. 57 and I raised from a puppy. She was hilarious learning the stairs. One step, and she’d cry. Three steps the next day, and she’d cry. Then she got all the way up, and really cried. By the fourth day, she was rolling down the stairs and thought it was great fun. By Day 5 she had it figured out.

        Here’s my favorite Calliope story: If she had an accident we would send her to “her box”. Soon, she would send herself to the box, so we knew to look for an accident in the house. A few days later, she’d walk in the box and walk out if she’d done something. Soon, it was just putting a paw in the box with a tap and then taking off.

        God, I miss her. She was such a sweet soul.

    • 26 57andfemale
      April 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      My favorite part of raising the few of our brood that were puppies: watching them learn how to maneuver stairs.

  9. 27 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 28, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Joe Scarborough just snidely commented that the President is “just misunderstood.” (About how he handled the economy)! And “if only everyone was as smart as him, they’d understand”. Scarborough is a disrespectful asshole, and I cannot suffer through one more minute of this horrible mans comments about our president. Enough! Even just as background noise as I prepare to go to work, my TV is a total wasteland.

  10. 31 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  11. April 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Happy Thursday and congrats Roberta on #1 🙂

  12. 34 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Wow…
    Just Wow.

    …………………..

    Oklahoma court: oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking

    The ruling sparked outrage among critics who argue the judicial system engaged in victim-blaming and upholding outdated notions about rape and sexual assault

    An Oklahoma court has stunned local prosecutors with a declaration that state law doesn’t criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious.

    The ruling, a unanimous decision by the state’s criminal appeals court, is sparking outrage among critics who say the judicial system was engaged in victim-blaming and buying outdated notions about rape.

    But legal experts and victims’ advocates said they viewed the ruling as a sign of something larger: the troubling gaps that still exist between the nation’s patchwork of laws and evolving ideas about rape and consent.

  13. April 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville.

  14. April 28, 2016 at 9:27 am

    LOL, if true!!

  15. 40 GGAIL
    April 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Amk, give Jenny a special treat for bringing all of her babies safely into the world 💕

  16. 41 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

    OH HOW I WISH I COULD BE AT THE SEDER DINNER TONITE….MUCH TO DO HERE HOWEVER…I HOPE THE OBAMA FAMILY HAS A BEAUTIFUL CELEBRATION THIS EVENING!..BLESSINGS EVERYONE!

  17. 42 desertflower
    April 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Morning everyone:)

    Who said this? I’m with them!

    “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all. As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace everywhere in the world, as long as girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last, overworked, underpaid, not schooled, subjected to violence in and outside their homes—the potential of the human family to create a peaceful, prosperous world will not be realized.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2016_04/playing_the_woman_card_on_fore060398.php

    Must Read

    • April 28, 2016 at 11:22 am

      More from the Article…

      I am not highlighting any of this in order to completely dismiss the concerns people have about Clinton’s view on the role of the military. But to focus only on that is to build a caricature of a very complex woman. If she is elected president, we have no way of knowing what kind of foreign crises she might face. What we can know is that she will focus much of her work on engaging women both here at home and abroad in the process of forging peace and ensuring security. That has been her commitment since she said this back in 1995 at the World Conference on Women:

  18. 44 desertflower
    April 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Congratulations to jtp, amk:) Take care of those little ones!

  19. 45 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I’VE SEEN ALOT OF FAMILIAR FACES THIS WEEK…BEARDS DON’T HIDE EVERYTHING..I MIGHT GROW ONE!

  20. 46 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

    OFF TO MOVING…………………..I LOVE MY PRESIDENT..THE ONLY ADULT IN THE WH..OTHER THAN JOE!

  21. 47 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

    “Lucifer in the flesh. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

    Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by the Stanford Daily, on Sen. Ted Cruz.

    • 48 desertflower
      April 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Ouch. He’s a real POS:)

    • 49 0388jojothecat
      April 28, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Bonehead has never spoken more truth then this about Raphael Crud……

    • April 28, 2016 at 10:29 am

      John Boehner really said that about Cruz. I bet Boehner is pleased that he no longer has to deal with those dam idiots. I just can not believe that the Republican Party have allow it’s self to sink so low that Trump and Cruz and that other guy is the best they could do.All because of their right wing racists hate of that black President.

    • 51 Don
      April 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

      President Obama could have just as easily said the same thing about Boehner and he would have been correct. Its really rich of Boehner to complain about someone when in fact every chance he got he tried to fuck President Obama over. And the reason he couldn’t was because of his incompetence.

  22. April 28, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Love those pics of PBO asking kids to help him up. Their eagerness is delightful.

  23. 53 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

    The President is correct.
    But, don’t let his party, WHICH WON’T GET OUT AND DEFEND HIM, get away with not supporting him.

    Many of us have said it – if a GOP President had accomplished what Barack Obama did as President – they would have passed the funds to chisel him on Mount Rushmore.

    Found at POU:

    This is a passage from the New York Times Magazine interview with PBO that’s out today – PBO on why even though the economy is humming along, a lot of people still think its horrible:

    But the president did seem frustrated. As he tried to sum up his economic legacy in Florida, our discussion stretched to twice as long as planned, seemingly to the consternation of the Secret Service. When we got back on Air Force One, he sent an aide to ask if we could continue the conversation; when I joined him again, he looked as if he’d been stewing over something. He quickly returned to the topic of public perception. “If you ask the average person on the streets, ‘Have deficits gone down or up under Obama?’ probably 70 percent would say they’ve gone up,” Obama said, with some justifiable exasperation — the deficit has in fact declined (by roughly three-quarters) since he took office, and polls do show that a large majority of Americans believe the opposite.
    ………………………………………

    Gene Sperling, the former director of the National Economic Council who spent hours inside the Oval Office debating and devising the president’s economic strategy, told me, “If we were back in early 2009 — when we were coming to work every morning with clenched stomachs, with the economy losing 800,000 jobs a month and the Dow under 7,000 — and someone said that by your last year in office, unemployment would be 5 percent, the deficit would be under 3 percent, AIG would have turned a profit and we made all our money back on the banks, that would’ve been beyond anybody’s wildest expectations.”

    There are, of course, many reasons so few Americans seem to be celebrating. “How people feel about the economy,” Obama told me, giving one part of his own theory, is influenced by “what they hear.” He went on: “And if you have a political party — in this case, the Republicans — that denies any progress and is constantly channeling to their base, which is sizable, say, 40 percent of the population, that things are terrible all the time, then people will start absorbing that.”

  24. 59 MightyPamela
    April 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    ://m.whitehouse.gov/filmfest?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email594-text1&utm_campaign=filmfest

  25. 61 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

    And the Democrats don’t run on this because??????

    ……………

    U.S. Jobless Claims Hover Near Lowest Level in Four Decades
    April 28, 2016 — 8:30 AM EDT

    Jobless claims last week hovered around four-decade lows, showing the labor market remains the strongest part of the U.S. economy.

    Initial applications for unemployment benefits climbed by 9,000 to 257,000 in the week ended April 23, a report from the Labor Department showed Thursday in Washington. The prior week’s revised 248,000 claims were the fewest since 1973.

    The low level of firings indicates companies are optimistic about prospects for demand after a soft first quarter. Continued progress in the labor market that’s accompanied by accelerating wage growth will be needed to help prop up consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy.

    • 62 Betsy
      April 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Isn’t this the fault of the DNC who’s leader PBO refuses to replace and I’m not sure why. I find it difficult to understand because I am very frustrated that our Democratic candidates are not shouting this from the rooftops. It’s been tepid at best, even from Hillary.

      • 63 Don
        April 28, 2016 at 11:03 am

        If I’m not correct I think that PBO wanted to replace DWS but word got out that she was going to make a big stink about it.

        • 64 Betsy
          April 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

          That’s too bad as she should realize that she’s not helping the Democratic Party. I don’t get how these Dems running for Congress wouldn’t want to run on success?? What is with that?

  26. April 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Our effed-up media, part 15367892

    • April 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

      meta, I am no fan of Campbell Brown, I can not believe someone else sees this too. Trump and his B.S. is thanks to the racists supporters, the media and the Republican Party.

  27. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    April 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Good Morning TOD – I’m reading lots of speculation this morning so I thought I would share my feelings.

    Regarding how Prince died…

    The only reason that I would be concerned about the circumstances of Princes’ death would have been had he been murdered. I would want justice for him and his family but since that was ruled out on the first day of the investigation how he died really matters very little to me. All I know is that the gift to this world that was known as Prince is no longer here to share that gift in person. His music will live on into infinity. Nothing will change the brilliance that garnered him over 100 millions records sold worldwide or his 7 Grammy’s or his Academy Award or his Golden Globe or being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We all have to die of something eventually. One of the pitfalls of celebrity is that he’s was public. RIP my Prince!

    • 68 GGail
      April 28, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Good morning Donna.

      I agree with you! This morning, the news reporter made a big deal out of the fact that Prince had a bottle of prescription pain medication on him at the time of his death.
      So what?!!!

      There is nothing salacious here people, move on.

      Let this gifted one rest in purple peace ❤

    • April 28, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I’ve been watching old interviews, which are quite rare. What I love about him in addition to his incredible music and ability to perform like no other, is that he was a soft-spoken, honest and deeply compassionate person with a kind spirit, a curious intellect and a strong sense of humor. That’s what comes across forever.

      • 70 0388jojothecat
        April 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

        I always loved that devilish smile he would make like he had a secret that he was about to spring on everyone…….

  28. 71 mtmarilyn
    April 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Good morning everyone. Today is a beautiful day. I have my first bouquet of lilacs. Here is my tweet. This is my first attempt to do this from my iPad. Hope it works

    • April 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

      OMG, lilacs are among my very favorite blooms!! That are $12 a branch here, so enjoy the bounty of your area!!

      • 73 mtmarilyn
        April 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm

        My lilacs are my flower. I have 29 bushes, with 13 varieties. They start blooming white and 6 weeks later the pink bloom so I have almost 2 months of lilacs, all colors. They are in memory of my mother and grandmother. It is early spring here. I’ll tweet pictures as they bloom. I love sharing them.

        • April 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm

          OMG!! I am in awe!! You must have a heavenly scent surrounding you!! Now I’m going to have to go and buy some……..

    • 75 Roberta in MN
      April 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Marilyn they are just gorgeous. Welcome to Spring, I haven’t seen our yet. I have a feeling we will get summer before spring.

      • 76 mtmarilyn
        April 28, 2016 at 1:05 pm

        Our spring is very early this year. No hard freeze after February. Afraid it will be a very dry summer.

  29. 77 Allison
    April 28, 2016 at 11:25 am

    • April 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Ted Cruz is not by himself, there are plenty of what Boehner describe in the Republican Party.

      • April 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        And how about the basketball coach Bobby Knight endorse Donald Trump. Indiana big mouth throwing chairs, yelling at players ex-coach of Indiana. They deserve each other. Never have I thought much of Knight.

  30. April 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

  31. 81 JER
    April 28, 2016 at 11:34 am

  32. April 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Beauty Break:

  33. April 28, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Wow, an incredible story!

  34. 98 Dudette
    April 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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  36. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    April 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    One of the greatest aspects of the 2007/2008 primary was how engaged the campaign had us in voter registration. Back then we would preview the primary schedule and OFA was directing us to do big voter registration drives in each state and it continued into the summer and fall of 2008. We realized that Hillary had the establishment in her corner so we knew that we were going to have to bring many new voters into the electorate in order to be successful. And we did!

    From every indication that I can see right now things have gone back to the way it was before OFA. The DNC gives the individual states (Democratic Party) the resources and each state kind of does its own thing. There is no national coordinated strategy that I can see to turnout the voting base and to increase it. I believe the concentration is again going to be on the battleground states. I hope this works and I would feel much better if it was organized nationally since this system did not work out very well for us in 2000/2004.

    I’m sure the President had his reasons for changing the status of OFA to a 501(c) 4 but that organization IMO was at its best when it came to the turning up and turning out the vote for general elections. If you don’t have a strong local or state democratic party you are essentially screwed.

    I have to admit that this part worries me this year.

    • April 28, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      I so feel this, 100000%. I’ve yet to see a call for a voter registration drive. I know CA is super blue, but there are so many down ticket and local races that are very important. And it worries me none the less for the national voter turnout. Maybe we’ll see something for the general? I really don’t get it.

      • 105 GGail
        April 28, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        I agree with you both meta & Donna. I thought to myself yesterday, that I was disappointed that my San Gabriel Valley OFA branch was not blowing up my phone with meeting dates/locations for voter registration on behalf of Hillary.

        Nothing

        • 106 donna dem 4 obama
          April 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

          I wish they could but they can’t. OFA is no longer allowed to be associated with any particular campaign now that they are a non-partisan group. We need OFA or some type of national offshoot of it now! 😡 😦 😡

      • April 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

        WOW, no sooner did I say this than I just got an email from the SF Dem Party with a roster of dates to register voters!! YAY!!

        • 110 donna dem 4 obama
          April 28, 2016 at 2:04 pm

          Excellent!!!

          • 111 whatisworking
            April 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

            As stated above OFA is non-partisan and cannot work on electoral politics.

            Having said that several OFA volunteers are working with the Hillary and a few with the Bernie campaign staff. I am working on voter registration and several other volunteers in Santa Rosa are doing the same. We are focusing on Latino voters.

            I would suggest you contact the local Democratic party or league of Women Voters.

            Also – remember that although the official organization of OFA is not active in election politics – many of the staff will join candidates staff. Just this week Jennifer Warner – National Field Director for OFA (#2 spot at HQ) stepped down to join the Hillary campaign.

            Many OFA Fellows will be hired by election teams at all levels. In 2014 we had an OFA Fellow who was hired by Tom Udall’s staff and he worked in NM for both Udall and Ben Ray Lujan.

  37. April 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    • April 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      They are to be commended. They are being hammered by the RW right now and are sticking to their principles. I’ve never shopped at Target before but I may have to find one and give them some business!

    • 116 kid kanga
      April 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Only, IMO, because last time they donated to Anti-LGBT Mr. Emmer for Gov here in MN they never heard the end of it. Plus they just blew thru billions on their failed Canada escapade. Wish I could give target credit here, but I think this has more to do with their bottom line and which way the wind is blowing, rather than suddenly finding their moral compass.

  38. 117 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hello TOD. Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last Evening, starting with this post.
    Jpt has 3 puppies, Wow! Congrats, Jpt. Congrats, the Amk Family.
    So John Boehner isn’t happy with Rafael Eduardo Cruz? Let me guess, the Shutting down of the Gov’t. Cruz, a Senator, wheeling his control n 30 plus House Tea Party Members, thwarting Beohner’s Speakership?OK then.

  39. 118 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

  40. 120 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    4-28-16
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest scheduled LIVE at 1:00 pm EDT

  41. 121 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Say, What?

  42. April 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

  43. April 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    FACT ….

    back to work ….

  44. 129 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  45. 130 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm

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  48. 133 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm

  49. April 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    You guys gotta read Joey’s rant:

    I am so ever disgusted with out MSM. UGH UGH UGH.

  50. 137 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

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  53. 141 jacquelineoboomer
    April 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Trump just called the apostrophe – in Lyin’ – a hyphen, and I accidentally heard it.

    Somebody get him off the stage.

  54. 142 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

  55. 143 JER
    April 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm

  56. 144 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Is the U.S. Ready for Post-Middle-Class Politics?

    …………………………………………………..
    In one sense, what had happened was obvious. The postwar suburbs in general had been a racial fortress, their homogeneity enforced by a web of government policies and unofficial restrictions making it difficult for nonwhites to own property in them, and few more so than Detroit’s. The white ex-­Democrats whom Greenberg’s team interviewed, he later wrote, “expressed a profound distaste for black Americans, a sentiment that pervaded almost everything they thought about government and politics. Blacks constituted the explanation for their vulnerability and for almost everything that had gone wrong in their lives; not being black was what constituted being middle class.”

    Still, Greenberg noted, Macomb voters had not defected en masse from the Democratic Party until after years of worsening economic circumstances — and until they perceived the Democrats as not only having taken up the banner of the urban poor and nonwhites but also having abandoned the white middle class. “These voters wondered why they weren’t the central drama of the Democratic Party,” Greenberg wrote. Greenberg suggested that Democrats offer a kind of grand bargain to the white middle-­class voters he called “Reagan Democrats”: The Democrats would reinstate the middle class as the gravitational center of the party’s economic policy if those voters accepted an expanded definition of who was included in the middle class.

    Among the Democrats who took Greenberg’s advice was Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, who used the Macomb study as the playbook for his 1992 presidential campaign, which he built around the theme of “the forgotten middle class.” Speaking to voters in Macomb County in March 1992, he offered a near-­verbatim recitation of Greenberg’s proposal: “The one thing that it’s going to take to bring this country together is somebody’s got to come back to the so-­called Reagan Democratic area and say: ‘Look, I’ll give you your values back. I’ll restore the economic leadership, I’ll help you build the middle class back.’ But you’ve got to say, ‘O.K., let’s do it with everybody in this country.’ ”

  57. 145 0388jojothecat
    April 28, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    “Gov. Bill Clinton talked to them about “I’ll give you your values back. I’ll restore economic leadership, I’ll help you build the middle class back. ‘But you’ve got to say, ‘O.K., let’s do it with everybody in this country.”. So what did President Bill Clinton do? He made sure their was a war on crime, but on AA and Latino criminals, not white criminals. He targeted the minority communities in locking them up on petty crimes for years while the middle class could afford to pay lawyers and prosecutors were more lenient on whites than minorities. In return the so-called Reagan Democrats became Republicans while they enjoyed the best economy eight years only to vote in GWB who crashed the economy. Then they demanded “Their Country Back” as teabaggers when President Barack H. Obama was elected to clean up both Bill Clinton and GWB messes with no help from the GOP and many Democrats who ran from PBO rather than talk up how he is helping ALL into the middle class which
    the White middle class could care less about other than THEMSELVES.

  58. 146 Nena20409
    April 28, 2016 at 2:14 pm

  59. 147 Nilathiel
    April 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I am not sure if anyone has posted this yet but…. take my money.

  60. 148 JER
    April 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    …he is ignorant, inconsistent, temperamentally unfit to lead, and a danger to blunder the country into war.

  61. 149 rikyrah
    April 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Because, this is who they are.

    ……………………

    House Republicans Want to Diminish Number of Free and Reduced Lunches for Millions of Low-income Students
    April 28, 2016

    House Republicans are proposing legislation to increase eligibility criteria for schools with free and reduced lunch programs. Rep. Todd Rotika (R-IN), chairman of the subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, introduced The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 on April 20. If enacted, the bill could leave millions of students who rely on the program as their only source of nutrition without a daily meal.

    Black students in low-income areas are likely to suffer the biggest impact of the legislation.

    The new bill specifically restricts community eligibility, introduced in 2010 as an option for schools in extremely impoverished areas to bypass the long application process, getting meals to needy students as quickly as possible at no cost to families.

    Students in schools previously accepted through community eligibility will now have to reapply as individuals, reinstating the loads of paperwork schools sought to avoid.


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