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Obama: Tacos And Tequila Are 'Not Punishment'

The World Cup has a way of bringing out the patriot in most people. So when President Barack Obama spoke with Univision’s radio program "El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo" ("The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly") on Monday, interviewer Andrés Maldonado made a proposition:

AM: Mr. President, I just have got two things to tell you. If Mexico and the United States go to Brazil and we win, you’re going to have to do tacos and tequila with us. Okay?

PBO: Let me say, first of all, that that’s not punishment to do tacos and tequila. I should get that if the Americans win. You have to give me tacos and tequila. You’ll have to send them here to the White House.

AM: And another thing, just because you’re cool and you give us a “Reforma Migratoria” (Immigration Reform), I’m going to vote for you in the next elections too.

PBO: Well, you know what? Michelle is not going to let me run anymore. She says, it’s time for me to spend more, give her more attention and take her on nice trips. And…

AM: Give her tequila shots and she’ll be relaxed.

PBO: Yeah, you know, things like that.

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The NRA interviews Surgeon General candidates


25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit - By Greg Palast

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

By Greg Palast — Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit on the crackup of the Exxon Valdez. Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, it's all set to happen again.


Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit that a drunken captain was the principal cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the oil tanker crackup that poisoned over a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline 25 years ago on March 24, 1989.

The truth is far uglier, and the real culprit—British Petroleum, now BP—got away without a scratch to its reputation or to its pocketbook.

And because BP’s willful negligence, prevarications and fraud in the Exxon Valdez spill cost the company nothing, its disdain for the law, for the environment and for the safety of its workers was repeated in the Gulf of Mexico with deadly consequences, resulting, two decades later, in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Just this month, the Obama administration authorized BP to return to drilling in the Gulf.

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It Saves Millions To Simply Give Homeless People A Place To Live

It is cheaper to give homeless people a home than it is to leave them on the streets.

That’s not just the opinion of advocates working to end homelessness, nor is it the opinion of homeless people themselves. It is a fact that has been borne out by studies across the country, from Florida to Colorado and beyond.

The latest analysis to back up this fact comes out of Charlotte, where researchers from the University of North Carolina Charlotte examined a recently constructed apartment complex that was oriented towards homeless people.

Moore Place opened in 2012 with 85 units. Each resident is required to contribute 30 percent of his or her income, which includes any benefits like disability, veterans, or Social Security, toward rent. The rest of the housing costs, which total approximately $14,000 per person annually, are covered by a mix of local and federal government grants, as well as private donors.

In the first year alone, researchers found that Moore Place saved taxpayers $1.8 million. These savings comes from improvements in two primary areas: health care and incarceration.


Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better

Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better

"A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship."

-- Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, quoted by the Washington Post, attacking President Obama for failing to secure a status of forces agreement with Afghanistan.


Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing

Paul Ryan’s culture attack is an excuse to do nothing about poverty
It’s much easier to say that culture is ultimately to blame. But since there’s no step-by-step procedure for changing a culture, we end up not doing anything./blockquote]

BY: Eugene Robinson

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.

That’s the real issue with what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said about distressed inner-city communities. Critics who accuse him of racism are missing the point. What he’s really guilty of is providing a reason for government to throw up its hands in mock helplessness.

The fundamental problem that poor people have, whether they live in decaying urban neighborhoods or depressed Appalachian valleys or small towns of the Deep South, is not enough money.

Alleviating stubborn poverty is difficult and expensive. Direct government aid — money, food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance and the like — is not enough. Poor people need employment that offers a brighter future for themselves and their children. Which means they need job skills. Which means they need education. Which means they need good schools and safe streets.

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Rick Scott’s Top Latino Fundraiser Leaves Campaign After Campaign Staff Allegedly Made Racist Jokes

Rick Scott’s Top Latino Fundraiser Leaves Campaign After Campaign Staff Allegedly Made Racist Jokes
BY ADAM PECK ON MARCH 24, 2014 AT 10:46 AM


Tensions between Scott’s campaign staff and Fernandez had been building for weeks. And the last straw, according to people within the campaign who spoke with the Miami Herald this weekend, was an incident in which several of Scott’s campaign staffers allegedly began joking around in a cartoonish, over-the-top Mexican accent while on the way to a Mexican restaurant.

Fernandez, who is Cuban, reportedly shot off an angry email to campaign leadership after word of the incident leaked out. In statements made to the press following his departure, he didn’t address the controversy at all, instead pointing to disagreements with the direction of the campaign and shouldering some of the blame himself.

But the charges of racism by members of his staff comes at a delicate time for Scott, who has been on something of an Hispanic outreach kick in recent weeks. He came out in favor of allowing in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants earlier this month, and selected Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his lieutenant governor in January, the first time a Latino has held that position in Florida.

Complaints of racial insensitivity by people in his employ could further undermine Scott’s efforts to attract more Hispanic voters in November. Republicans on the national and state level have been very public about their minority outreach in states like Florida, where non-white voters make up a huge percentage of the eligible voter population, but they continue to alienate even their own minority employees.

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Obama Trolls Tea Party With Bumper Sticker


President Barack Obama's new Obamacare bumper sticker sure looks familiar.


If the art work looks unoriginal, it should. It's a play on the tea party-embraced "don't tread on me" slogan, which dates back to the country's founding but has been a fixture at anti-Obamacare conservative rallies in recent years.


yes, these are the kind of friends I have...

Women Oppose Birth Control Limits: "92% of Dems-83% of independents-63% of Repubs-79% of Catholics"

Women Overwhelmingly Oppose Birth Control Limits

A new Hart Research poll finds that 68% of U.S. women voters oppose allowing corporations to refuse to cover contraception in their health plans because of religious objections.

Key findings: "Women of all demographics overwhelmingly support the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to cover contraception and other preventive health services for women, including 92% of Democrats, 83% of independents, 63% of Republicans and 79% of Catholics."

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