Oh yes, we’re all in! 23,000 small contributions in the first 24 hours

Serious enthusiasm gap!

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has received tens of thousands of small donations after it was officially launched, U.S. media reported on Wednesday.

Media reports said the campaign received 23,000 contributions in the first 24 hours following the Monday morning announcement. Nearly all of the donations were in the amount of 200 dollars or less.

Small donations are key to Obama’s election success in 2008. In all, the campaign raised a whopping 750 million dollars. The reelection campaign is targeting the one-billion mark this time.

In addition to small donors, the Obama campaign is also targeting big donors. Starting next week, the campaign will organize a series of big donor events headlined by Obama himself.

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Speaking about donations, anyone wants to educate me a little bit about ActBlu?

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Recovery!

Unemployment falls in three-quarters of US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates are falling in most metro areas across the country, suggesting that recent nationwide gains in hiring are widespread and not limited to a few healthy regions.

More than three-quarters of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas reported lower unemployment rates in February than the previous month, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That’s the most to report a decline since September.

And more than 300 areas added jobs in February compared to the previous month. That’s a much better showing than January, when most metro areas lost jobs.

The gains “are definitely becoming a lot more broad-based,” said Marisa DiNatale, a regional economist at Moody’s Analytics.

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I don’t know how many of you watched PBO’s town hall in Falls Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania (And why would you, it’s not like the “news” networks carried it) - but it was just brilliant. Especially what he said in the end about the nature of “progress”. So smart and so clear. I hope to find the full video soon, but for now, here’s his opening statement about the fast approaching shutdown. This man really despise “Washington”.

CBO: Paul Ryan’s joke will INCREASE the debt

Beside destroying the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable, the CBO project that by the end of the 10-year budget window, public debt will actually be higher than it would be if the GOP just did nothing.

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Paul Krugman:

Gosh. For a plan that supposedly sets a new standard of seriousness, Paul Ryan’s vision  depends an awful lot on unicorn sightings — belief in the impossible.

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This isn’t a serious proposal; it’s a strange combination of cruelty and insanely wishful thinking.

Wednesday morning open mishmash

Hi guys,

Busy day for the president. I’ll be back later to cover the events in Philadelphia and NYC. Have a good day.

11:00 AM PBO receives the presidential daily briefing.
12:00 PM  
12:15 PM PBO departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base.
12:30 PM PBO departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1:00 PM  
1:15 PM PBO arrives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.VPB participates in a conference call with college and university presidents.
2:00 PM  
2:10 PM PBO holds a town hall discussion with Gamesa workers.
3:00 PM  
3:45 PM VPB meets with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
4:00 PM  
4:20 PM PBO departs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
5:00 PM PBO arrives in New York, New York.
6:00 PM  
6:05 PM PBO delivers remarks at National Action Networks Annual Gala.
6:45 PM Joe and Jill Biden host a reception for University of Delaware alumni.
7:00 PM  
7:40 PM PBO departs New York, New York.
8:00 PM  
8:35 PM PBO arrives at Andrews Air Force Base.
8:50 PM PBO arrives at the White House.