July 10, 2013 at 9:07 am #92362
The Kids State Dinner was yesterday.
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes junior chefs and their parents to the 2013 Kids’ State Dinner at the White House. July 9, 2013.
President Obama makes a surprise appearance at the 2013 Kids’ State Dinner.
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Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.
Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition, talks to young chefs about their winning Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipes at the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House. July 9, 2013.July 10, 2013 at 9:07 am #92363
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 10, 2013 at 9:08 am #92364
More than 20 years after The Cosby Show finale aired, actress Phylicia Rashad is still best known as TV’s favorite mom, Clair Huxtable. For eight seasons, Phylicia defended the hit sitcom’s portrayal of African-American life. Does she believe it was realistic to script a lawyer and a doctor living under one roof?July 10, 2013 at 9:15 am #92365July 10, 2013 at 9:15 am #92366July 10, 2013 at 9:16 am #92367July 10, 2013 at 9:16 am #92368July 10, 2013 at 9:27 am #92369
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You
Tue Jul 9th, 2013 at 06:46:46 PM EST
Jennifer Rubin couldn’t disagree more with Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry about immigration reform. For Rubin, who I think actually cares about maybe seeing a Republican president again in her lifetime, the opponents of immigration reform are hypocrites. They say that there is a big crisis at the border but they don’t want to do anything about it.
But Kristol and Lowry are probably more interested in their magazines’ circulation numbers than winning elections, so they take a casual attitude to the consequences of killing reform.
At the presidential level in 2016, it would be better if Republicans won more Hispanic voters than they have in the past—but it’s most important that the party perform better among working-class and younger voters concerned about economic opportunity and upward mobility. Passing this unworkable, ramshackle bill is counterproductive or irrelevant to that task.
“It would be better if Republicans won more Hispanic voters than they have in the past—but…”
Where I come from a vote is a vote. If you lose a white working class vote but gain a Latino vote, it’s a wash. What Republicans like Ms. Rubin are trying to avoid is creating a situation where Latinos conclude, like blacks before them, that the Republican Party is implacably hostile to the interests- even their mere existence.
Now, some white working class voters might be annoyed if the Republicans help pass immigration reform, but they won’t conclude that the GOP simply hates them and wants them to cease to exist. Some might stay home on election day, but they won’t go running into the embrace of the Democratic Party. But if the Republicans kill immigration reform, a lot of Latinos will do more than vote against the GOP; they will work to defeat them.
It’s not a fluke that both of Arizona’s senators, who are both conservative Republicans, were leaders on the Senate’s immigration bill. Arizona is probably the last southwestern state that is still attainable for a Republican presidential candidate, but it won’t stay that way if the Republicans don’t begin working harder for the Latino vote. Texas is not far behind. And it’s possible that Florida is slipping out of their reach, which would really put any Republican presidential candidate behind the 8-ball.
But, hey, keep on pandering to the white bigots. It’s working out for us.July 10, 2013 at 9:29 am #92370
live blogging of the George Zimmerman trial here:July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am #92371
GRIFTERS GOTTA GRIFT
WikiLeaks’ Money Trail: How It’s Raising Money for Snowden & Assange by Caitlin Dickson, Eliza Shapiro
Jul 9, 2013 4:45 AM EDT
Julian Assange has acknowledged the irony: a group dedicated to
transparency has truly murky finances. Caitlin Dickson and Eliza Shapiro report on how it’s getting funding for Snowden and more.
…The main artery funneling WikiLeaks’ donations through cyberspace is Wau Holland, a Berlin-based hacker organization that manages WikiLeaks’ finances, at least publicly.
…The Wau Holland Foundation was created in 2001 by members of the German Chaos Computer Club, one of the world’s oldest hacker groups, and started official operations in 2003. That was three years before WikiLeaks was founded, but even then Julian Assange was in contact with the foundation’s members, said Bernd Fix, a founding member of Wau Holland.
“We don’t know who these people are,” Fix said. “We are not the NSA, you know. People can donate anonymously.”
While Fix said the typical donation is small, around $20, Wau Holland also has received some serious piles of cash. The biggest bundle it’s taken in for WikiLeaks was $50,000, from an American donor. Fix knows who it was but isn’t telling.July 10, 2013 at 10:03 am #92372
Why the GOP plan on the farm bill matters
By Steve Benen
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:35 AM EDT
Imagine I go once again to my favorite deli and I prepare to engage in a transaction with the guy behind the counter — he’ll give me a sandwich and I’ll give him $5. But there’s a small problem after he makes the sandwich: I decide maybe I don’t really want to give him the money after all.
“Look,” I tell the guy, “both of us agree that I should get the sandwich. You’ve already made it; it’s right there on the counter; so this is clearly an area of consensus. Instead of bickering, let’s focus on our common ground — I’ll eat the sandwich, and we can argue about the $5 later. You can disagree, but you’re being needlessly divisive.”
In Congress, Democrats are the guy behind the counter.
House Republican leaders have decided to drop food stamps from the farm bill and are whipping the farm-only portion of the bill for a vote that will likely come this week, according to a GOP leadership aide.
The nutrition portion of the bill would be dealt with later.
The farm bill, in a general sense, is a big compromise — the left gets food stamps for poor families struggling to eat, while the right gets support for the agricultural industry. It’s this win-win scenario that makes the bill so easy to pass, year in and year out.July 10, 2013 at 10:17 am #92373
New scandal revelations imperils Virginia’s McDonnell
By Steve Benen
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.
Just last night, while reporting on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) efforts to address one aspect of the scandal surrounding him, Rachel noted that the governor’s term in office ends officially in January, but “smart bookmakers everywhere are taking bets on whether or not he makes it that far.”
In light of a new Washington Post report, published this morning, the odds of McDonnell’s political survival are considerably worse.
A prominent political donor gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his sister last year, and the governor did not disclose the money as a gift or loan, according to people with knowledge of the payments.
The donor, wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., also gave a previously unknown $50,000 check to the governor’s wife, Maureen, in 2011, the people said.
The money to the corporation and Maureen McDonnell brings to $145,000 the amount Williams gave to assist the McDonnell family in 2011 and 2012 — funds that are now at the center of federal and state investigations.July 10, 2013 at 11:53 am #92379
Walgreens, Blue Cross launch effort to promote ObamaCare
By Elise Viebeck – 07/10/13 09:22 AM ET
The nation’s largest drugstore chain is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield to promote ObamaCare before new insurance exchanges open on Oct. 1.
Walgreens and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched a website Wednesday and promised to distribute brochures about ObamaCare at Walgreens stores around the country.
The materials guide patients through basic questions about the Affordable Care Act — what the law does, when it takes effect, and who is eligible for benefits. Details are provided in simple, concise language.July 10, 2013 at 11:54 am #92380
How The Media Outrageously Blew The GOP Manufactured ‘IRS’ ScandalJuly 10, 2013 at 11:55 am #92381
Split farm bill lacks House votes
By Erik Wasson – 07/10/13 10:08 AM ET
A plan backed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and other House GOP leaders to split the farm bill into two pieces is facing a setback.
A split farm bill was anticipated to come before the Rules Committee as early as Wednesday, but there is now no sign that this is happening.
A House GOP whip count on Tuesday on a farm subsidy bill without food stamp funding came up short of the 218 votes needed for passage, sources said.
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