June 7, 2011

7 Jun

The Summer Organizer’s program is now underway…and so is silly season.  Yet progressives are in rare form, celebrating the historic accomplishment of health care reform as bit by delightful bit is implemented.  Despite the excruciating process, Dems did good here, delivering help to average, day to day Americans.  Proud of ’em.

1. Health care reform has got medical loss ratios which extend some real relief to average Americans who could use a break


2. Michelle is fly


3. Oh, and, by the way, POTUS saved the US auto industry

Please sit back, sip a mint julep, and enjoy this week’s reader’s digest of the terrific, wonderful progressive blog [web log] sites.

I am so blessed to have had my son and daughter-in-law visit us from NYC this Christmas. It was interesting and initially frustrating to see her grapple with our new reality with DT as our president-elect, but I understand better that she’s trying to understand her GOP family (mom, dad & sisters) and so can’t bring herself to reconcile their “stupidity” with their wonderful job of raising her. I get it now even though their stubbornness is just part and parcel of what the GOP is today. We parted as family which is great.

27 Dec

Sit Down, Jon Karl

8 Oct

Today’s the day for Marriage Equality

26 Mar

Marriage equality gets its day in court

It will be a historic day at the Supreme Court this morning, as part of a historic week. Today, the justices will consider the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a law generally known as Proposition 8, followed by related arguments tomorrow challenging the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Let’s briefly review what to expect today.

At issue is a case called Hollingsworth v. Perry, brought forward by legal heavyweights — David Boies and former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who faced against one another in Bush v. Gore — challenging California’s ban, approved in 2008. They were successful at both the federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, though as Adam Liptak explained, the latter court issued a narrower ruling: the jurists concluded that “voters were not entitled to withdraw a constitutional right once it had been established by the State Supreme Court.”

The reasoning appeared calculated to appeal to Justice Anthony Kennedy, and if upheld, it would not automatically invalidate other bans on marriage equality in other states. More on him later.

More here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/26/17470902-marriage-equality-gets-its-day-in-court?lite


Alaska Sen. Mark Begich Says “Same Sex Couples Should Be Able To Marry”

“I believe that same sex couples should be able to marry and should have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any other married couple,” the Alaskan senator said in what appears to be his first direct statement on the subject.

“Government should keep out of individuals’ personal lives—if someone wants to marry someone they love, they should be able to. Alaskans are fed up with government intrusion into our private lives, our daily business, and in the way we manage our resources and economy,” he continued.

More here:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/alaska-sen-mark-begich-says-same-sex-couples-should-be-able

Starbucks CEO Doubles Down on Gay-Marriage Support, Telling Shareholder to Sell Stake if He Doesn’t Like Views

“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much,” Schultz said, to applause from the audience.

More here: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/25/starbucks-ceo-doubles-down-on-gay-marriage-support-telling-shareholder-to-sell-stake-if-he-doesnt-like-views/?iid=nf-article-mostpop1



The WhiteHouse Weekly

7 Jun

Get informed in mere minutes, courtesy of these two videos:




OFA Weekly Wrap-Up

7 Jun

The Weekly Wrap-Up

Posted by Mary on June 05, 2011

Take a look at few of our favorite stories from the blog this week:

  1. President Obama spoke at a memorial service for those who lost so much when tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri. “We will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored and this community is back on its feet,” the President said. “We’re not going anywhere.”
  2. Colorado Field Director Amy Keegan took a moment to explain just how important one-on-one conversations are: “We win when we organize. Building strong relationships is the first and most important step toward victory in 2012.”
  3. We launched a new grassroots match fundraising campaign, with people across the country coming together to match donations from new supporters and exchanging messages of thanks: “Because of people like you and me pulling together, my wife will never be denied health insurance once she beats [her cancer],” a presentation specialist wrote to the person who matched his donation. “Thank you for supporting progress.”
  4. Volunteers in Chicago attended a grassroots planning session with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the President, to discuss their plans and vision for the 2012 campaign.
  5. After a month of good news for the American auto industry, President Obama visited a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio. He thanked workers there for everything they’ve done to turn their company around: “I put my faith in the American worker. And I’ll tell you what—I’m going to do that every day of the week, because what you’ve done vindicates my faith.”

Going Down

7 Jun


Washington Post: Some health insurance premiums are going down (Updated)

[quoting WaPo:] It turns out that pigs do fly. Last month, insurer Aetna received approval from Connecticut regulators of its request to reduce premiums on individual policies by an average 10 percent, starting in September. Yes, you read that right: reduce the premium. The decrease, which affects some 15,000 consumers, will save those policyholders $259 annually, on average.

Now that’s change I can believe in!

May 30, 2011

30 May

President Obama, forever in motion and on the move, has had a superlative past few weeks.  We’re living through a delightful time of progress.

1. The economy continues to rebound, as President Obama’s Keynesian choices during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, prove prescient


2. President Obama and the First Lady traveled overseas to be treated to an enthusiastic welcome by POTUS’ Irish relations, and afforded the unprecedented invitation to address the British Parliament


3. An increasingly undeniable story is emerging of a Presidency which is amongst the greatest in this country’s history

Please enjoy this week’s reader’s guide of fantastic blog posts.

President Obama’s Weekly Address

30 May

There’s literally no faster and better way to become informed in mere minutes than the following two videos (the terrific Vice President Biden is guest hosting the weekly address, discussing the rebound of the auto industry due to the WH’s policies):


This Week in More Excellent Economic News

30 May

Smartypants blog:

Back to work in Lordstown, OH

We all know that there’s still a lot to do in getting people back to work. But the people of Lordstown, OH aren’t questioning President Obama’s commitment to working class Americans.




Geithner was right and Krugman and Stiglitz were wrong

by rootless_e

In the early months of the Obama administration, with the economy in free-fall and Bush’s bank bailout having poured hundreds of billions into an apparently bottomless bank collapse, Nobel Prize winners Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz among others “on the left”, authoritatively and confidently explained that the policies advanced by the new Administration were naive, stupid, complicit, and sure to fail abysmally and catastrophically. The extent of the error made by these economists and others, like Dean Baker, Simon Johnson, and Robert Reich, not to mention all their often ludicrously ignorant followers in “progressive” blogs is all the more remarkable given their subsequent lack of interest in figuring out why they were so wrong or even admitting to error in the first place.

I was under the impression that he might bring in the voices of brother Joseph Stiglitz and brother Paul Krugman. I figured, OK, given the structure of constraints of the capitalist democratic procedure that’s probably the best he could do.
-Princeton Professor Cornel West (not a hotel porter)

The basic Krugman/Stiglitz argument was that the financial markets had correctly priced bank assets as junk and so the biggest banks owed more money than they could ever repay and the government should “nationalize” them. The Administration, on the other hand, said that the financial markets were in the grip of a panic and that arranging for temporary government and government/private finance would calm things down at less cost to the taxpayer. Obviously, Geithner, Obama, and Bernanke were correct and the critics from the left were incorrect – the banks have stabilized, the “toxic assets” purchased by government have turned out to be a great investment, and the economy is recovering slowly, not smoldering in ruins.