Chelsea Clinton is with child….

Dad Bill couldn’t help but gush himself following the event. “Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio…grandfather-to-be!” he tweeted. “@hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!” Chelsea added on Facebook: “Marc and I are so thrilled to be expecting our first child in the fall! Thank you for all of the kind words!”

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Open Thread for April 14, 2014…..2014 Midterms…Early On…

I’m being hopeful?

Yea, you betcha!….

But my if I’m wrong?

I can always look to 2016…..

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Will the effort to Directly elect America’s President succeed ?

the relationship between whether a state has joined the compact and how it voted in 2012 is nearly 1-to-1. The seven states where President Obama won by the widest margins, along with D.C., have joined. So have three others — New Jersey, Illinois and Washington — where Obama won by at least 15 percentage points. But none below that threshold have done so…..

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Restaurant industry fights raising the minimum wage….

…from MSNBC…. Powerful business interests and their conservative allies in government remain fiercely opposed to a wage hike. In some theaters—such as Congress, where a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 has stagnated for over a year—those …

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/18/14… Karl Rove’s new polls have positive trend lines … for Democrats

Crossroads: Karl Rove’s American Crossroads just shared five new Senate polls with Politico, but the crosstabs are all behind their paywall at “Politico Pro,” so all we have are summaries of the toplines. But the numbers (from Harper Polling) are instructive nevertheless, particularly when you examine the trendlines:

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Political Roundup for April 18, 2014…Red Racing Horses

KS-Sen: If ex-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is thinking about coming back to Kansas to run for Senate, it’s news to state Democratic leaders……

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Another call on Democrats Holding on in the Senate Midterms….

The way this could occur is fairly straightforward: The Affordable Care Act improves; there’s no massive rate shock for premiums in September or October; and the economy slowly gains ground. This should propel President Obama’s job approval upward, lifting the collective Democratic boat….

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Fox News Poll…Many think Obama lies….

Is this the counter push against the Good Healthcare News? About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. …

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Jews in the East Ukraine told to identify themselves…

Jewish residents of one city in east Ukraine were issued a flier instructing them to identify themselves, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, signaling that Russia’s growing military presence in the region could spark a new wave of anti-Semitism in the former Soviet bloc……

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Daily Real Clear Politics Polling Numbers 4/10/14 to 4/17/14…

Daily Real Clear Politics Polling Numbers 4/10/14 to 4/17/14…

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Obama…8 Million sign-ups for Healthcare ….

“This thing is working,” Obama said at an afternoon news conference. Of the GOP, he added: “They said no one would sign up. They were wrong about that. They are wrong to try to repeal a law that is working.”

The final figure is well above the White House’s initial target of 7 million signups.

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US/Russian Diplomats reach deal on Ukraine crisis

Top diplomats meeting here on the Ukraine crisis Thursday agreed that all parties, including separatists and their Russian backers, would stop violent and provocative acts, and that all illegal groups would be disarmed in steps Secretary of State John F. Kerry said must begin within days to be taken seriously…..

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/17/14… RGA attacks Schauer for supporting program Snyder approved

the Republican Governors Association slams Democrat Mark Schauer, who is running for governor in Michigan, for allegedly supporting “a new fee on nursing home beds” when he served in the legislature. I mean, look at that crazy libruhl—taxing the elderly and infirm just so they can have a place to lay their heads at night! Can you imagine the kind of person who would support such a thing?

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Ted Cruz IS popular in Texas…But Hillary is doing better than Obama in 2012 and Dem’s have issues running for them on the whole…

There’s no questioning that Texas is a conservative state but on a trio of hot button issues going on right now public opinion there sides with the Democrats…..

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Most American do Not see Obama as Black…

President Obama himself is a product of an interracial relationship, and the poll found that the majority of Americans don’t see him as black….

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Beau Biden will run for Governor of Delaware in 2016…..

“Over the past few months, as I’ve been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for Governor in 2016. What started as a thought – a very persistent thought – has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue….

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On Long Island and across the country Young Adults flee the suburbs….

Since 2000, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk have experienced a drop in the number of 25- to 44-year-olds, with the declines particularly sharp in more affluent communities. Between 2000 and 2011, Rye, for example, had a 63 percent decrease in 25- to 34-year-old residents and a 16 percent decrease in 35- to 44-year-olds….

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