Posts Tagged ‘Hillary

05
Jul
16

The President’s Day In North Carolina

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton take part in a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walk off Air Force One in Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend a Clinton campaign event. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks off of Air Force One with U.S. president Barack Obama on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hillary Clinton is campaigning with president Obama in North Carolina.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, left, listens during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Barack Obama speaks as Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, listens during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, left, listens during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama greet supporters during a campaign rally on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today is President Obama's first appearance on the campaign trail with Clinton. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, speaks as U.S. President Barack Obama, left, listens during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, pauses while speaking as U.S. President Barack Obama, left, listens during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, left, listens during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally with U.S. president Barack Obama on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hillary Clinton is campaigning with president Obama in North Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and U.S. president Barack Obama greet supporters during a campaign rally on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hillary Clinton is campaigning with president Obama in North Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Attendees hold campaign signs as U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, speaks during a campaign rally with Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, not pictured, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leave a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, left, smiles as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, wave while walking out to speak during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leave a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, right, and U.S. President Barack Obama raise their hands after speaking during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, speaks as U.S. President Barack Obama, left, listens during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, right, embraces U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama, making his debut campaign appearance on Clinton's behalf, flew with her on Air Force One as a show of unity and power hours after the FBI director called Clinton's handling of sensitive e-mails as Secretary of State extremely careless. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leave a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leave a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton order food at Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a patron at Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton order food at Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama greets a patron at Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 5, 2016. US President Barack Obama threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton's bid to succeed him, extolling the experience and fighting spirit of his former secretary of state at their first joint campaign appearance. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama told the rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office." / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

08
Jun
16

It’s Go Time!

22
Apr
16

140 Characters Of Observations

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19
Apr
16

Your Apathy Is Not Voter Suppression

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Rikyrah

Voter Suppression is…

when you would be 42 years old, if you had stayed in the state of your birth before you’d be able to vote in this country and that’s AFTER you put on the uniform and put your life on the line for said country

when you attempt to register people to vote and wind up with a cross burning on your lawn

when you have a Bachelors and Masters degree, and are asked to inform the registrar – how many bubbles are in a bar of soap.

or how many jelly beans are in that jar.

or to recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution..

and, even after you’ve done that, you are asked to recite the Declaration of Independence – verbatim.

Or, you have to take a test, on your state’s constitution, that lawyers, registered to practice law in your state – don’t know….

Or, being told that you can get a ‘ Free Voter ID’, but in order to get the ‘ Free ID’, you have to spent Hundreds of $$$$, and make numerous trips to various agencies to get the paperwork for the ‘ Free Voter ID’

ALL of the above is voter suppression.

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What is NOT Voter Suppression?

You being too fucking lazy to know the ins and outs of VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES.

You being too arrogant and believing that the laws, which have been in place – FOR YEARS – should be changed, because, well, of YOU.

They didn’t just come up with a closed primary in New York last week, last month, or last year.

And, if ‘offends’ you to register with a political party…that is YOUR RIGHT.

But, sit down, shut THE PHUCK up, and wait for you turn to vote in November.

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If you don’t like that there is no Early Voting – get the legislature to change it.
If you don’t like that there is no ‘ No Reason’ Absentee – get the legislature to change it.
If you don’t like that it’s a ‘closed Primary’ – get the legislature to change it.
If you don’t like that there is no Election Day Registration – get the legislature to change it.

IF you have not spoken up before about these things…then go somewhere and STFU.

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Rikyrah

You want to know why you should vote?

THE SUPREME COURT.

There was a post yesterday, about the woman who follows the Supreme Court for Slate, and how, THIS was supposed to be the year where the SC was going to deliver a big FU to President Obama.

In case after case, they had greased the wheels so that the SC could just deliver a number of body blows to the President.

But, then, Fat Tony went up and died.

So, you don’t like Hillary.

Hell, I don’t like Hillary.

But, there are real cases.

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The outcome will affect MILLIONS of your fellow Americans.

So, maybe they don’t affect you.

But, you don’t have enough concern for your fellow citizens that you should know better that it’s important that a DEMOCRAT fills that seat?

You don’t like Money in Politics?

CITIZENS UNITED

You don’t know why so many of us are talking about ‘Voter Suppression?’

THE GUTTING OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

Why is this hard for some people to get?

The Court is literally – IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES-hanging in the balance.

And, that’s not enough reason to get out and vote?

REALLY?
SERIOUSLY?

30
Apr
15

An Open Letter

Well, we now have two declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. (If we’re being charitable, three, but who’s counting Lincoln Chafee?)

Hillary Clinton is on her “listening tour” (didn’t she do that in 2008?), and seems to be listening somewhat. She gave a speech calling for the end of mass incarceration; a mass incarceration she called for back when her husband was president. But, people change, that was 20 years ago, and being the good rationalist I am I will keep an open mind. I’m certainly not going to dismiss her out of hand if she wins the nomination, because the thought of someone more conservative and unhinged than Antonin Scalia taking his seat on the Supreme Court should give even the most side-eyed Democratic Clinton-hater a bucket-full of pauses.

And then we have Bernie Sanders. I really don’t know why he’s running. He might have made an impact as an independent; but, props to him, he didn’t want to split the left vote, so he’s giving it the old college try. But an old guy with unkempt hair who looks like he should be feeding the pigeons probably won’t have the financial wherewithal to take on the Koch/Adelson money machine (something Hillary will have no problem doing should she win). Bernie running is part vanity, and part to get his issues out beyond his acolytes. (This is assuming that the media give him any attention, even if he is running as a Democrat. The media is good at ignoring those who are inconvenient.)

Some are rooting for Deval Patrick to enter. Many are pinning their hopes on Martin O’Malley. And, of course, there’s always Jim Webb. (I jest.)

Of course, I have questions.

Continue reading ‘An Open Letter’

06
Apr
13

Misogynist!

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, President Obama’s Supreme Court appointments, with Justice Ruth Bader, Oct, 2010

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Surrounded by members of Congress, signing the Lilly Ledbetter Bill, Jan, 2009

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….. at a Homeland Security Council meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

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Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, 2009-2013

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Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 2009-2013

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Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary

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Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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Dr Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General

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01
Feb
13

Heads Up: National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation

2:15 ET: President Obama awards the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation

White House Live * CBS * CNN

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President Obama: “I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators. They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great – and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”

See the list of recipients here

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All those syllables…..

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2:30 ET On her last day as Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton thanks her colleagues at the State Department

C-Span * CNN

29
Jan
13

Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with law enforcement officials to discuss policies the President put forward last month that would reduce gun violence in communities across America, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 28 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

9:20: President Obama departs the White House

2:25: Arrives Las Vegas

2:55: Delivers remarks on immigration at Del Sol High School

5:00: Departs Las Vegas

9:20: Arrives at the White House

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Washington Post: The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said.

President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday appearance in Las Vegas, where he will call for broad changes to the nation’s immigration laws. The speech will kick off a public push by the administration in support of the broadest overhaul of immigration law in nearly three decades.

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Atlantic Wire: The gay community seemed to gasp in unison on Monday afternoon when the Senate revealed a much anticipated immigration plan that did not, in the end, include same-sex couples. But according to multiple reports Monday night, this is just the beginning: President Obama will include same-sex couples in the proposals of a major policy speech on immigration in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon that will seek to build on “momentum” from Congress for broad reform.

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Steve Benen: After a bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, most proponents of improving the status quo, including President Obama and his team, were delighted. All eyes, however, quickly turned to House Republicans, who’ve long opposed reform and are in a position to kill it in this Congress.

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Liberal Librarian: So, the news of the day is that a bipartisan group of senators have a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. That’s all to the well and good. This country needs a sensible immigration policy that allows for the legalization of those undocumented immigrants already in the country, and for a rational method for immigrants to come in legally.

Now, don’t be mistaken: this Damascene conversion on the part of a few Republican senators is due more to the stranglehold that the Democratic Party has on immigrant voters, rather than to any true change of heart that maybe it would be a good idea to decriminalize 11 million US residents.

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Washington Post: The nation’s housing market is surging again after years of historic declines, and the unique forces powering its return could last well into 2013.

The number of homes for sale is at its lowest level since before the recession, sparking competition among buyers that has led to 10 straight months of price increases. The volume of activity is the highest since 2007.

Builders broke ground in December on the most new housing developments in four years. And interest rates on mortgages are expected to remain near all-time lows through much of the year, galvanizing once-skeptical buyers.

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President Obama hugs Donna Vanzant, the owner of North Point Marina, as he tours damage from Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Steve Benen: It’s taken far longer than it should have, but federal aid for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy is finally on the way.

…. it’s worth pausing to note the partisan split on Sandy relief – in the Senate, 36 Senate Republicans, including members representing coastal states like Florida, Texas, Alabama, and the Carolinas, voted against the federal aid. Or put another way, 80% of Senate Republicans opposed post-Sandy relief …. 78% of House Republicans voted against the emergency assistance.

….. it is now effectively the standard position of congressional Republicans to reject disaster relief unless the funding is offset by other spending cuts. So long, compassionate conservatism, we hardly knew you.

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TPM: The Senate is fast-tracking its reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to a floor vote expected by next week, two Democratic aides tell TPM.

But House Republican leaders remain silent on how they intend to proceed, which suggests that there has not been a breakthrough since last year, when the bill fell prey to the House GOP’s resistance to expand coverage to gays, illegal immigrants and Native Americans who have suffered domestic abuse.

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Business Week: Last week campaign disclosure reports revealed that Hillary Clinton had finally retired the debt from her 2008 presidential campaign—with a little help from the guy who beat her, Barack Obama. Clinton’s debt once totaled more than $20 million, although it had dwindled to about $250,000 by last year. That’s when a team of top Obama donors decided to surprise Clinton, and thank her for her loyal service, by raising enough money to pay off her bills. As secretary of state, she was forbidden from political fundraising.

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican member of the Cabinet, feigns being a blocking back for President Barack Obama as he arrives backstage to meet with GOP House leaders before speaking to their issues conference at the Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place Hotel in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 29, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

AP: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in President Barack Obama’s first-term Cabinet, says he plans to leave the Obama administration.

…. LaHood says he will not run for public office in his home state of Illinois, saying he believes “you should go out while they’re applauding.”

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… with Darren Criss

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Morning!

28
Jan
13

Rise and Shine

Three years ago today: President Obama greets a young child after a town hall meeting at the Bob Martinez Sports Center at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

11:15: President Obama and VP Biden meet with police chiefs to discuss gun control

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

1:40: President Obama welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House

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CNN: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities about gun violence on Monday, a White House official said.

The president is holding the private event one day before launching his push for immigration reform, demonstrating the administration’s plan to press multiple policy goals simultaneously.

After weeks of meetings with various stakeholders in the gun control debate, Obama and Biden announced multiple legislative proposals aimed at curbing gun violence and 23 executive actions on guns and related mental health issues the president can take without congressional approval.

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Bob Woodward (Washington Post): In the first months of the Obama presidency in 2009, Chuck Hagel, who had just finished two terms as a U.S. senator, went to the White House to visit with the friend he had made during the four years they overlapped in the Senate.

So, President Obama asked, what do you think about foreign policy and defense issues?

According to an account that Hagel later gave he told Obama: “We are at a time where there is a new world order. We don’t control it. You must question everything ….. Afghanistan will be defining for your presidency in the first term, perhaps even for a second term.” The key was not to get “bogged down.”

Obama did not say much but listened…..

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AP: A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

Although thorny details remain to be negotiated and success is far from certain, the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation’s inefficient patchwork of immigration laws.

President Barack Obama also is committed to enacting comprehensive immigration legislation and will travel to Nevada on Tuesday to lay out his vision, which is expected to overlap in important ways with the Senate effort.

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Greg Sargent: Today a bipartisan group of Senators will unveil the framework for a major new immigration reform bill. You can read the framework right here. The most important fact about the plan is that it articulates as a policy goal the need to provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. That was the bottom line for Senate Democrats and immigration reform advocates, and they got four Republican Senators to agree to it.

It’s the price Democrats paid for this concession that could be the problem. It’s a cliche to say at such moments that the “Devil is in the details,” but in this case, boy is the Devil ever in the details…..

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Michael Tomasky: A Response to David Mamet on Gun Control – …. zero would have been the optimal word count for Mamet’s bizarre rant in Newsweek about how Barack Obama, acting on subliminal instruction from Karl Marx, wants to take away his guns and throw his family to the wolves. But he could at least have gotten it down to eight, or even better four. “Me really angry man” would have sufficed.

… I could go on, but I think I’ll follow the old Mamet’s sound advice and refrain from today’s Mamet’s unhousebroken prolixity. It’s basically kind of boring; another rich white man yelping about his taxes and so on. Makes one wish that some of the lurid things these people believe Obama wants to do to them were actually true.

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Five years ago today:

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Edward Kennedy participate in a campaign rally in the Bender Arena at American University January 28, 2008 in Washington, DC. Obama received the endorsement of Sen. Kennedy, Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John. F. Kennedy, who announced her support for Obama in a New York Times opinion piece titled “A President Like My Father.”

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MooOOOooOOOoooorning

27
Jan
13

What a trip…..

Through good times….

….. and sad

Link to tonight’s 60 Minutes




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