October 22, 2013 at 8:41 am #98674
President Obama says that the health insurance that’s available to people through HealthCare.gov is high quality and affordable, and his Administration is working around the clock to address problems that make the site slow and difficult to use. October 21, 2013
As you go through your day, don’t forget JJP at TWiB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.October 22, 2013 at 8:42 am #98675
Good Morning, EveryoneOctober 22, 2013 at 8:47 am #98676October 22, 2013 at 8:50 am #98677
9 Year Old Jomiloju Tunde-Oladipo becomes Nigeria’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional
By : Spread Media
It’s so inspiring to hear news like this. Jomiloju Tunde-Oladipo of Role Model School, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, has emerged one of the youngest pupils to obtain the Microsoft Certified Professional certificate. He came tops among 21 pupils who sat for the professional examination in Lagos. He is now a Microsoft office specialist in office word 2010. Jomiloju scored 769 out of 1,000 in the examination held in August.
In his examination score report, the slim-built boy performed well in Sharing and Maintaining Documents, Formatting Content, Applying Page Layout, and Reusable Content, among other subjects. By the feat, Jomiloju has joined the league of young Microsoft certified professionals, including Nigeria’s 10-year-old Anjolaoluwa Seyi-Ojo; an eight-year-old Indian, Lavishnashree, and two Pakistanis, named Arfa and Thobani.
Microsoft Certified Professional is a certification programme provided by Microsoft Corporation. The certification is tailored towards building skills on Microsoft business solutions, focusing on client-end operating systems such as windows XP, Vista, Windows7 among others.
Jomiloju, whose certificate was signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation, Steven Ballmer, says he did not achieve this feat easily, but through persistence and hard work. He says, “It was not all that easy, because I had attempted the examination last year, I did not make it then. But I remained focused and I put in a lot of hard work”.
“At home and in the school, I am always on the computer. After school hours, if am not doing anything, I will go to my Information Communication Technology teacher, to learn more.” Jomiloju sat for the examination when he was in primary Five.October 22, 2013 at 8:52 am #98678
Looking for the congressmen from Occupy
10/21/13 11:41 AM
By Steve Benen
Remember former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty? He briefly ran for president in the last cycle, before bowing out, moving to D.C., and becoming the head of the Financial Services Roundtable, an advocacy group for the banking industry.
Pawlenty sat down with Jake Tapper last week, just a couple of days after his party ended its government shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis, and tried to make the case that his party’s radical wing isn’t too big a deal – because there’s a Democratic analog (via John Aravosis).
“[A]s to the Tea Party, keep in mind, you know, it’s one slice of a broader coalition. They overplayed their hand here…. But, you know, there’s an analog in the Democratic Party to the Tea Party, when you look at groups like Occupy, when you look at groups that want to just recklessly defund the Department of Defense.
“They don’t represent the whole Democratic Party and the Tea Party represents only one slice of the Republican Party.”
This is certainly the kind of argument that resonates for much of the Beltway. Both sides have fringes, both sides have extremists, both sides have radicals who try to pull their ostensible allies further from the center. Therefore, when the political process appears broken, the establishment feels comfortable blaming … both sides.
But here’s my follow-up question for Pawlenty: name all the Occupy activists in Congress.
Indeed, I think it’s probably fair to say the state of the larger Occupy movement is nowhere close to where it once was, and comparing it to the Tea Party is itself hard to take seriously, but even looking past that, the effort at bipartisan criticism here is just silly.
Democrats did not create an Occupy Congressional Caucus. We don’t see large numbers of Democratic lawmakers identifying themselves as Occupy adherents. There is literally nothing to suggest Occupy, which was nearly always non-partisan anyway, is driving the Democratic agenda at any level.
And on the flip side, we see Tea Party Republicans pushing around the Speaker of the House and shutting down the government. Pawlenty sees Tea Partiers as a mere “slice” of the GOP coalition, but if recent events are any indication, it’s a pretty powerful slice with enormous influence – something Occupy wouldn’t even pretend to claim.October 22, 2013 at 8:55 am #98679
GOP complaints over Jeh Johnson crumble under scrutiny
10/21/13 05:00 PM
By Steve Benen
It’s been a few days since President Obama introduced former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson as the White House’s choice to lead to the Department of Homeland Security, and the Republican line of criticism is coming into focus: Johnson has donated to Democrats.
It seems like a pretty weak pitch, but Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jeff Session (R-Ala.), who’ve apparently taken the lead in opposing Johnson’s nomination, have both gone after the DHS nominee for having financially supported Democratic candidates, including the president, in recent years.
The good news is, the criticism is not made up – Johnson, as Fox News first reported on Friday, has “contributed more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates and groups” over the past decade. Sessions characterizes this support as a “deeply concerning” part of Johnson’s background, while Cornyn included this detail among his “grave concerns” about this nomination.
Whether one is concerned about a Democratic DHS nominee having contributed to Democratic candidates is, I suppose, a matter of perspective, but as Evan McMorris-Santoro noted, there is the question of a rather brazen double standard.
Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security, “raised at least $251,550” as a fundraising bundler for Bush’s 2000 campaign, according to a 2003 New York Times investigation and was known to be adviser to Bush’s campaign as well as on the shortlist for running mate in 2000 when he was plucked for the DHS job from his job as the Republican governor of Pennsylvania. […]
Michael Chertoff, the second DHS secretary nominated by Bush, also got confirmation votes from Cornyn and Sessions. A former federal judge, Chertoff gave thousands of dollars in direct donations to Republicans, including Bush, in the years before his nomination.October 22, 2013 at 8:58 am #98680
Ohio’s Kasich expands healthcare access through Obamacare
10/22/13 08:00 AM
By Steve Benen
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is one of several Republican governors eager to expand Medicaid in his state, even though it means implementing the Affordable Care Act, though it hasn’t been easy. The Republican governor has faced unyielding opposition to the idea from state lawmakers in his own party, who are convinced it’s important to combat “Obamacare,” even when that doesn’t make sense.
Kasich tried nearly everything he could think, up to and including asking his party to consider what Reagan would do. Yesterday, however, the governor played the only card he had left: he circumvented the state legislature altogether and approved Medicaid expansion on his own.
There are now 26 states that have embraced Medicaid expansion – a new total that officially crosses the “more than half the nation” threshold.
Estimates vary slightly, but Kasich’s decision will bring health care coverage to as many as 330,000 low-income Ohioans, who would otherwise be forced to go without.
It’s easy to get lost in the numbers, so let’s pause to appreciate the scope of this single decision in a single state. Whenever the number of Americans without health insurance improves, it’s clearly a positive development, but in this case, a governor was able to bring coverage to a third of a million people in one afternoon.
It’s the kind of decision that will boost Ohio’s economy and fiscal outlook, but more importantly, it’s also likely to save lives.October 22, 2013 at 9:02 am #98681
Obamacare opponents wage state-level fightOctober 22, 2013 at 9:04 am #98682
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
Georgian woman says “be patient.” She was and #ObamaCare cut her premiums by 50% and her deductible from $5K to $2500 http://m.ajc.com/news/news/local/amid-the-train-wreck-signs-of-life/nbTY9/ …
7:49 AM – 22 Oct 2013October 22, 2013 at 9:05 am #98683
Michael R. Strain @MichaelRStrain
Why go to college? Unemployment rates for:
High school dropout = 10.3
HS grad = 7.6
Some college = 6.0
BA or higher = 3.7October 22, 2013 at 9:05 am #98684
daveweigel ✔ @daveweigel
Idaho’s GOP gov sets up Obamacare exchange, gets primary challenge http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/19/2823385/sen-fulcher-exploring-challenge.html …
7:42 AM – 22 Oct 2013October 22, 2013 at 9:06 am #98685
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
September Jobs Report: Government sector added 22,000 jobs. In the past two months, government has added over 50,000 jobs.
7:38 AM – 22 Oct 2013October 22, 2013 at 9:06 am #98686
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
September Jobs Report: 148K jobs added. Unemployment rate fell to 7.2% (lowest since 2008) August numbers revised up to 193K from 169K.
7:35 AM – 22 Oct 2013October 22, 2013 at 9:07 am #98687
Nearly 150,000 NewYorkers have signed up for Obamacare.
5:14 AM – 22 Oct 2013October 22, 2013 at 9:09 am #98688
The Morning Plum: Outside the conservative bubble, GOP sustains epic damage
By Greg Sargent
October 22 at 8:16 am
The Washington Post and ABC News have released a new batch of polling that shows in quite striking terms just how badly the shutdown fight has damaged the GOP.
The question, however, is: Do Republicans actually think it matters that their image is in such disastrous shape, or is that rendered inconsequential by the degree to which the House GOP majority is believed to be invulnerable? The numbers:
* Dems lead in the generic ballot matchup by 49-38. Among independents — a key midterm constituency — those numbers are 46-35.
* Only 21 percent of Americans approve of the way the Congressional GOP is handling the federal budget, versus 77 percent who disapprove. Among independents: 20-78. Among moderates: 14-85. Among seniors: 18-79. Fewer than one in three regard the GOP favorably.
* Only 20 percent think Republicans are “interested in doing what’s best for the country,” while 77 percent think they’re “interested in what’s best for themselves politically.” Among independents: 14-83. Among moderates: 18-81. Among seniors: 24-74.
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