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#SCOTUS better stop this tragedy soon. Relaunch!

Ian Millhiser ✔ @imillhiser
BREAKING: 23,000 people apply for insurance in first 8 hours of the new Obamacare enrollment period.
#SCOTUS better stop this tragedy soon.

8:11 AM - 15 Nov 2014 357 Retweets 200 favorites

Ian Millhiser ✔ @imillhiser
FACT: Every time someone gets insurance through http://Healthcare.gov , Samuel Alito sheds a single tear.
8:19 AM - 15 Nov 2014 59 Retweets 32 favorites

America cut our uninsured rate by 26% last year, and Republicans won't rest till they get the bastards behind that.
7:12 AM - 15 Nov 2014 152 Retweets 102 favorites

The White House ✔ @WhiteHouse
"Insurance companies can no longer deny you coverage just because you have a preexisting condition." —Obama: http://go.wh.gov/uoSQUC

Matt Yglesias ✔ @mattyglesias
The http://HealthCare.gov relaunch is going really well: http://vox.com/e/6989226?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
7:44 AM - 15 Nov 2014 District of Columbia, US, United States

HealthCare.Gov has relaunched — and these tweets show it’s working

The eight or so hours that Obamacare's open enrollment has existed so far this year, something stands out to me: Healthcare.gov seems to be working.
Vox @voxdotcom

59 Retweets 20 favorites

Rebecca Mahoney @rebmahoney
Signed up for my heath coverage this AM & http://healthcare.gov worked perfectly. Super easy and fast! #healthcare #GetCovered
2:26 AM - 15 Nov 2014 43 Retweets 16 favorites

The White House ✔ @WhiteHouse
Poll: 71% of Americans that got coverage through the #ACA said it was "good" or "excellent" → http://politi.co/1vbSMdZ #ReadySetEnroll
7:50 AM - 14 Nov 2014 302 Retweets 175 favorites


Good Luck Obamacare.. for all those who will Benefit in the Future and to all those who are Benefitting from it NOW!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Obama, Obama, Obama! Okay, I love Koalas.. they like to sleep, too! ;)

President Barack Obama holds a koala before the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane

Few Tweets after President Obama's Brisbane speech at the University of Queensland..

Jieh-Yung Lo | 罗介雍 @jiehyunglo
President @BarackObama is the type of leader we in #Australia need & don't have. Progressive, visionary, fearless and outspoken #ObamaUQ
5:50 PM - 14 Nov 2014 163 Retweets 93 favorites

Alicia WanstallBurke @alicia_j_burke
US has a leader with policies it's not ready for.
Aus has a leader with policies we've out grown.
Let's swap?
#auspol #g20 #G20Brisbane
5:54 PM - 14 Nov 2014 77 Retweets 37 favorites

Natalie Gregg @NatGregg
Obama's fantastic 'Brisbane Speech' #G20 #G20Brisbane #Obama http://bit.ly/1tT7WhG
6:20 PM - 14 Nov 2014
G20 Brisbane: US President Barack Obama’s ‘Brisbane Speech’

US President Barack Obama has used a historic speech in Queensland to send a warning to China over its military expansion and to promote a $US3 billion climate change package.
59 Retweets 29 favorites

Bronte Baldwin @BronteBaldwin
An honour to watch Obama in action. Couldn't think of anyone else I'd rather listen to talk. #G20 #ObamaUQ
4:09 AM - 15 Nov 2014 33 Retweets 14 favorites

Howard-Vyse @alicehv
"Here in the Asia Pacific, nobody has more at stake when it comes to acting on #climatechange" ~ @BarackObama Hear that Tony? #ObamaUQ #G20
1:57 AM - 15 Nov 2014

David Elwood @DavidElwoodAU
One of my favorite lines in the room today. #obamaUQ #G20Brisbane
1:00 AM - 15 Nov 2014

Shrouded☠Sciuridae @ShroudSciuridae
@nickjbedford @sherrilee7 Canada already requested Obama after he gets out of office. Wait your turn :-P
7:58 PM - 14 Nov 2014

Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
Putin's koala tries to engineer a getaway.

President Obama's koala hugs him then makes out with another koala.
8:01 AM - 15 Nov 2014 88 Retweets 48 favorites

The Obama Diary

US President Barack Obama greets audience members after his speech at the University of Queensland. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Barack Obama wins 1000 new fans with University of Queensland G20 speech

"Thank you very much. God bless Australia, God bless America, God bless our great alliance. Thank you."

Cue banjos and riotous applause crowning US President Barack Obama the new king of Brisbane. Or at least king of the hearts of the 1000 or so people invited to hear the most famous politician in the world speak.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-g20/barack-obama-wins-1000-new-fans-with-university-of-queensland-g20-speech-20141115-11ng5t.html#ixzz3JBPktCLw

steve who has the Vid down thread. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1102&pid=26808

For all us BOGgers and whomever respects our President.. that means knowing the difference between him and a repub. Too easy!

Obama Doubles Down On Immigration, Keystone Pipeline~On the Road with Aung San Kyl in Myanmar

"Speaking to reporters alongside famous opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Obama was adamant that, despite mounting GOP objections, he will move forward and take executive action to reform the immigration system by the end of the year because reforms are “way overdue.”

“I gave the House over a year to go ahead and at least give a vote to the Senate bill. They failed to do so and I indicated to Speaker Boehner several months ago that if, in fact, Congress failed to act, I would use all the lawful authority that I possess to try to make the system work better, and that's going to happen,” he said."


In some of his strongest language yet, Obama pushed back against the Republican argument that the pipeline is a “massive jobs bill for the United States.”

“Understand what this project is: It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. It doesn't have an impact on US gas prices,” he said, growing visibly frustrated.

“If my Republican friends really want to focus on what's good for the American people in terms of job creation and lower energy costs, we should be engaging in a conversation about what are we doing to produce even more homegrown energy? I'm happy to have that conversation,” he continued.


Tribal activists staged a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline during President Barack Obama's visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota in June


President Barack Obama said the Keystone XL Pipeline won't create as many jobs as supporters claim as the House prepares to vote today on a bill to approve the controversial project.

During his visit to Myanmar, Obama also said the pipeline won't lead to lower energy costs for Americans. At the same time, the White House stopped short of saying the president will veto the bill that Republicans are pushing.



Contact the White House..


Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414

I'm Warning you.. Don't Play With Matches.. The President Ignores Boner and is Going Ahead on..

Obama may announce immigration reforms as soon as next week

Thu Nov 13, 2014 at 09:48 AM PST.

President Obama will ignore angry protests from Republicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration enforcement system that will protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits, according to administration officials who have direct knowledge of the plan.

One key piece of the order, officials said, will allow many parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents and no longer worry about being discovered, separated from their families and sent away.


Obama Plan May Allow Millions of Immigrants to Stay and Work in U.S.


I hope this comes to pass!

Exactly..thank you, Steve Benen! Now we're getting Obamacare for the Planet!

freshwest http://www.democraticunderground.com/110226701

And, yes it does piss them off!

mahalo babylonsistah!

this is for you, Nordict.. you got yourself outta here but I want to address this..

"As for the homophobic part, I vehemently oppose his stance, but Putin pales in comparison to MANY of the USA's so called "allies". Saudi Arabia alone trumps 10 Putins. The same goes for fascism and kleptocratic behaviour."

Poor putin.. the rw a$$holes in the US, SA, and all the other countries.. are worse than he is.. no shit Sherlock.. .. But, our President is For Gay Marriage and here's a list of other Accomplishments for our LGBT Brothers and Sistahs!


So NO, putin doesn't get a freaking pass.. except from those who try to push his agenda.

BREAKING: The US and China Just Announced a Huge Deal on Climate—and it's a Gamechanger

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met today in Beijing. Ju Peng/Xinhua/ZUMA

The surprise agreement aims to double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.

—By Tim McDonnell and James West

In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, the world's two biggest economies and greenhouse gas emitters, United States and China, said they will partner closely on a broad-ranging package of plans to fight climate change, including new targets to reduce carbon pollution, according to a statement from the White House.

The announcement comes after President Obama met in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and includes headline-grabbing undertakings from both countries which are sure to breathe new life into negotiations to reach a new climate treaty in Paris next year.

According to the plan, the United States will reduce carbon emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, nearly twice the existing target—without imposing new restrictions on power plants or vehicles

Tuesday's announcement is equally remarkable for China's commitment. For the first time, China has set a date at which it expects its emissions will "peak," or finally begin to taper downwards: around 2030. China is currently the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollution, largely because of its coal-dependent economy, and reining in emissions while continuing to grow has been the paramount challenge for China's leaders.


China, America and Our Warming Planet

John Kerry: Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change


BEIJING — The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, two largest consumers of energy, and two largest emitters of greenhouse gases: Together we account for about 40 percent of the world’s emissions.

We need to solve this problem together because neither one of us can solve it alone. Even if the United States somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, it still wouldn’t be enough to counteract the carbon pollution coming from China and the rest of the world. Likewise, even if China went down to zero emissions, it wouldn’t make enough of a difference if the United States and the rest of the world didn’t change direction.


Suck on that, Kocksters.

And, I'll leave on this note.. from SOS John Kerry's OP in the NYT~from the link..

"There is no question that all of us will need to do more to push toward the de-carbonization of the global economy. But in climate diplomacy, as in life, you have to start at the beginning, and this breakthrough marks a fresh beginning: Two countries regarded for 20 years as the leaders of opposing camps in climate negotiations – have come together to find common ground, determined to make lasting progress on an unprecedented global challenge. Let’s ensure that this is the first step towards a world that is more prosperous and more secure."

"Holder's Legacy: Steering Away From the Drug War" and It's not all bad.. but, I understand there

are those who are invested in the failures of the Obama Admin.. I'm just not buying what they're pushing.

Holder's accomplishments include:

-- Calling on policymakers at all levels to find ways to reduce the number of people behind bars.

-- Supporting efforts in Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission to reduce punitive sentencing.

-- Supporting policies that made the sentences of thousands of prisoners shorter and fairer

-- Changing how the Justice Department charges people to reduce the application of draconian mandatory minimum sentencing.

-- Establishing guidance allowing states to legalize and regulate marijuana with less federal interference.

-- Establishing guidance to make it easier for banks to deal with state-legalized marijuana businesses.

-- Promoting efforts to re-integrate formerly incarcerated individuals into society and eliminate barriers to successful re-entry.

-- Working to end the "school-to-prison pipeline", including working with the Departments of Education to scale back "zero tolerance" school discipline policies.

-- Advocating for the restoration of voting rights for the formerly incarcerated.

-- Urging federal law enforcement agencies to identify, train and equip personnel who may interact with a victim of a heroin overdose with the overdose-reversal drug naloxone.


"Federal prison population drops by roughly 4,800"

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the Justice Department.

"In a speech Tuesday in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department expects to end the current budget year next week with a prison population of roughly 215,000 inmates. It would be the first time since 1980 that the federal prison population has declined during the course of a fiscal year.


In August 2013, for instance, he announced a major shift in sentencing policy, instructing federal prosecutors to stop charging many nonviolent drug defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences. More recently, the Justice Department has encouraged a broader swath of the prison population to apply for clemency, and has supported reductions in sentencing guideline ranges for drug criminals that could apply to tens of thousands of inmates.


Eric Holder Takes Another “Historic Step” Toward Ending The Drug War, Advocates Say

For the first time, advocates of ending mandatory sentences for drug criminals say, Holder was attacking a central tenet of those who fight to preserve the lengthy mandatory sentences. Supporters say mandatory-minimum sentences help induce drug offenders into cooperating with prosecutors and, the theory goes, lead to the nabbing more drug offenders.

The speech was a big deal, said Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

Price’s spokesperson, Mike Riggs, was more direct.

“It’s pretty damn historic,” he said


All that on the list sounds like a page out of the greenwald-snowden playbook. Conveniently overlooking all the Good that has manifested these last 6 years.

The question is, Hekate, how the hell do we

get out?!

Great find, Ampersand Unicode!

One thing is missing.. "Repeal!"
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