President Obama and First Lady Michelle Travel to India

A float rolls down Rajpath during a rehearsal for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are going to India this weekend to attend Tuesday’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi — the first time an American president will be a guest at the event, which celebrates India’s democracy and its constitution.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Obama to be a guest at the annual parade, which will take place Jan. 26.

“This is an enormously important event for the Indian people,” said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. The invitation “sends a very important message to the world, as well as to the American and Indian people about our commitment to embrace the potential of this relationship.”

Modi, who was elected in May 2014, visited the White House in September.

A number of business leaders and members of Congress will join Obama on the trip, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) Obama, Modi and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will address Indian and American chief executives after the parade.

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Saturday Open Thread-Denzel Washington Week

I hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends. And that you have enjoyed this week with Denzel.


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To Undermine President Obama, John Boehner Is Going to Allow Benjamin Netanyahu to Address Congress

Think about that. The President of the United States is supposed to take the lead in foreign policy. Because this President refuses to go to war with Iran, and is, in fact, taking steps to bring Iran to the table and negotiate with them after 30+ years, the war hawks in the Congress want to undermine that. They are mad that this President is choosing NOT to bring this country into another war and feed the Military Industrial Complex. How obvious was this that this speech was all about undermining the President?


MOSSAD has taken the extraordinary step to speak out against it.

Israeli intelligence officials have been briefing both Obama administration officials and visiting U.S. senators about their concerns on the Kirk-Menendez bill, which would increase sanctions on Iran only if the Iranian government can’t strike a deal with the so-called P5+1 countries by a June 30 deadline or fails to live up to its commitments. Meanwhile, the Israeli prime minister’s office has been supporting the Kirk-Menendez bill, as does the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, ahead of what will be a major foreign policy confrontation between the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government in coming weeks.

Here’s a clip from Lawrence O’Donnell’s show explaining just how foul and TRAITOROUS what Speaker Boehner has done in extending the invitation to Netanyahu.

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Friday Open Thread – Denzel Washington Week

We continue our Denzel week.


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Thursday Open Thread- Denzel Washington Week

Denzel week continues.

Denzel in his award winning roles.

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Pictured: Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson) & Viola Davis (Rose)

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Wednesday Open Thread- Denzel Washington Week

Denzel and his family.

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Personal life[edit]
On June 25, 1983, Washington married Pauletta Pearson, whom he met on the set of his first screen work, the television film Wilma. The couple have four children: John David (b. July 28, 1984), a football player who signed with the St. Louis Rams in May 2006, after playing with the United Football League’s Sacramento Mountain Lions (and before that, college football at Morehouse);[30] Katia (b. November 27, 1986) who graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010; and twins Olivia and Malcolm (b. April 10, 1991). Malcolm graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in film studies, and Olivia played a role in Lee Daniels’s film The Butler. In 1995, Denzel and Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating.[31]

Washington is a devout Christian,[32] and has considered becoming a preacher. He stated in 1999, “A part of me still says, ‘Maybe, Denzel, you’re supposed to preach. Maybe you’re still compromising.’ I’ve had an opportunity to play great men and, through their words, to preach. I take what talent I’ve been given seriously, and I want to use it for good.”[33] In 1995, he donated $2.5 million to help build the new West Angeles Church of God in Christ facility in Los Angeles.[34][35] Washington says he reads the Bible daily.[36]

Washington has served as the national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993[37] and has appeared in public service announcements and awareness campaigns for the organization.[38] In addition, he has served as a board member for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1995.[citation needed]

In mid-2004, Washington visited Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, where he participated in a Purple Heart ceremony, presenting medals to three Army soldiers recovering from wounds they received while stationed in Iraq. He also visited the fort’s Fisher House facilities, and after learning that it had exceeded its capacity, made a substantial donation to the Fisher House Foundation. Washington’s other charitable contributions include $1 million to the Children’s Fund of South Africa[35] and $1 million to Wiley College to resuscitate the college’s debate team.[39]

Washington is an Independent voter. He supported Barack Obama in 2008.[40]

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia named Washington as one of three people (the others being directors Oliver Stone and Michael Moore) with whom they were willing to negotiate for the release of three defense contractors the group had held captive from 2003 to 2008.[41]

On May 18, 1991, Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Fordham University, for having “impressively succeeded in exploring the edge of his multifaceted talent”.[42] In 2011, he donated $2 million to Fordham for an endowed chair of the theater department, as well as $250,000 to establish a theater-specific scholarship at the school. He also received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Morehouse College on May 20, 2007.[43] and an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania on May 16, 2011.[44]

In 2008, Washington visited Israel with a delegation of African-American artists in honor of the state’s 60th birthday.[45]

In April 2014, Washington presented at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition with Bryan Cranston, Idina Menzel and Fran Drescher, after raising donations at his Broadway show Raisin in the Sun.[46]

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Video | President Obama Delivers the 2015 State of the Union Address


President Obama delivers the 2015 SOTU Address tonight at 9p.m. ET/8p.m. CT. Watch it here. and of course the cable and major networks will cover the address, complete with the talking heads

Did you know this is President Obama’s 6th SOTU Address?

President Obama’s State of the Union Address — Remarks As Prepared for Delivery

Read along, if you like!

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