The former President says his wife might want to take a break for a while, and suggests all those chattering about a presidential run give her one. And I agree: the best insurance for a Hillary win in 2016 would be a highly successful second-term for Obama. Oh, and a kick-ass blue wave of Democratic wins in the 2014 mid-term elections.
Sure, let's talk Hillary 2016... in December 2014.
"The news that CO2 is near 400 ppm for the first time highlights a question that scientists have been investigating using a variety of methods: when was the last time that CO2 levels were this high, and what was the climate like back then? There is no single, agreed-upon answer to those questions as studies show a wide date range from between 800,000 to 15 million years ago. The most direct evidence comes from tiny bubbles of ancient air trapped in the vast ice sheets of Antarctica. By drilling for ice cores and analyzing the air bubbles, scientists have found that, at no point during at least the past 800,000 years have atmospheric CO2 levels been as high as they are now.
That means that in the entire history of human civilization, CO2 levels have never been this high." ~Andrew Freedman
Today, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced he'll submit an amendment to the comprehensive immigration reform bill that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for residency in the United States.
The Republicans are already saying this will scuttle the entire immigration reform effort.
If we want to be included in this bill--and if we want to avoid being blamed for its failure--we must act now. You'd better believe the very-organized and active Religious Right will be making phone calls and sending emails. It's not enough for us to expect Congress or the President to "do the right thing." We must make it clear to them that they must--and that we'll have their back in the 2014 mid-term elections.
"As Amber started to sing Rodgers & Hart’s “My Funny Valentine,” Connick stopped her. He asked her what the song is about. "What does it mean, 'Your looks are laughable?'" he asked her, or "'Is your figure less than Greek?'" Amber looked blank — she had no idea. She struggled for words. He told her to go do some research on the lyricist, Lorenz Hart, a physically diminutive, closeted homosexual who died of alcoholism at age 48. Before singing the song, Connick sternly told Amber, you need to understand what Hart was writing about."
Eric Cantor, The Sequester, and the Death of the Grand Bargain
"The Obama-Boehner Grand Bargain proposal was not necessarily an ideal compromise (plenty of people on both the right and the left disliked it), but at least it would have given us a single, comprehensive solution to our fiscal issues rather than the serial brinksmanship and dysfunction that we have now. And according to Cantor, he was the main force in Washington that prevented that 2011 deal from happening."
“The next time we want to run the race toward closure, to be the first to tweet or post or report, to follow the first thing we hear because it seems so believable, we’d do well to consider the lessons of Boston….The need for cognitive closure is a powerful force. But a need is neither a mandate nor an excuse.”
—Maria Konnikova explains why human beings quickly seek closure in a crisis, and what we can learn from the misinformation that plagued professional news outlets during the Boston bombings
“You had mentioned that day you voted, owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would be harmed. I am just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn’t more important than that.”
—Erica Lafferty, daughter of Newtown victim Dawn Hochsprung, confronts Senator Kelly Ayotte for voting against expanding background checks
"The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the number of the chronically homeless declined by 30% between 2005 and 2007. You might have expected the numbers to spike again when the financial crisis hit but no. Since 2007, the number of chronic homeless has dropped another 19%."