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President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta this spring, the college’s president said Saturday. The historically black men’s liberal arts college has just over 2,400 students enrolled and will graduate the class of 2013 on May 19.

The size of your paycheck … shouldn’t determine your child’s future.

So let’s fix this. Let’s make sure none of our kids start out the race of life already a step behind. Let’s make it a national priority to give every child access to a high-quality early education. Let’s give our kids that chance.

President Barack Obama, speaking in Decatur, Georgia: Obama in Decatur on pre-k: ‘Give all of our kids that chance.’ | Get Schooled (via bongopoet)

Petersburg, Virginia; Jefferson, Mississippi; Claiborne, Mississippi, and Macon, Alabama were among the Top 10 counties (by percentage of the vote) for Obama.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) of Georgia raised an interesting point this morning about the Republican debt-ceiling hostage crisis.
To translate this a bit, Chambliss is embracing the hostage strategy with both arms. From 1939 to 2010, the debt ceiling was raised without preconditions by both parties 89 times, but in 2013, Chambliss and his cohorts are demanding a ransom: painful-but-unspecified cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

And if the president refuses to meet the Republicans’ demands, and GOP policymakers follow through on their threats, Chambliss thinks it’s Obama who’ll ‘suffer the consequences.’

Except, whether he understands the issue or not, Chambliss is mistaken. If Republicans refuse to allow the nation to pay for the money it’s already spent, and in the process push the nation into default by trashing the full faith and credit of the United States, it’s not the president who’ll ‘suffer the consequences’; it’s the rest of us.

The nation’s first black president finished more strongly in the [South] than any other Democratic nominee in three decades, underscoring a fresh challenge for Republicans who rely on Southern whites as their base of national support.

Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi — despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.

A majority of Americans [54 percent]  believe the country will be better off four years from now, while 41% say it will be worse. But this level of optimism is down considerably from four years ago, following President Barack Obama’s first election victory, when 65% said the country would be better off in four years, and prior to his first inauguration, when 72% said the same.

In the crush of social media traffic following President Barack Obama’s re-election, there were some incredibly racist comments floating out in cyberspace. … And apparently Utah was a hotbed for the verbal sewage. A group of geography academics called Floating Sheep charted the location data embedded in tweets sent about Obama’s win and ranked states based on which were sources for the most racist comments. Utah tied with North Dakota as fourth worst.

Alabama led in racist tweets sent out about Obama’s victory, followed by Mississippi and Georgia.

Annelise Thim writes from Paris:

After moving to Paris in August, I decided to do my part and contacted the local chapter of Democrats Abroad. I wanted to volunteer during this election for two reasons. The first one was somewhat selfish: as much as I wanted to be a part of the Obama campaign, I was not sure if I could handle the divisive nature of elections in the States. In France however, things are much more relaxed. Almost all Americans living in Paris voted for Obama, and practically every French person I have met has not been afraid to voice their strong anti-Romney sentiments. The other reason was more personal: as a women and a recent college-graduate entering the workforce, I would have felt first hand the affects of Romney’s proposed changes. Lucky for me, Young Democrats Abroad in Paris is headed by George, an enthusiastic French and American citizen, who plans great election night parties.

Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law. Scott said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it’s time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama.

“The election is over and President Obama won,” Scott said. “I’m responsible for the families of Florida … If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes.”

Scott had previously stated that he would not go along with any parts of the health care overhaul that the state controls. But his newfound willingness to have a “conversation” about putting it in place in Florida comes at a critical time. States have until Friday to notify federal authorities whether they plan to set up health insurance exchanges, a marketplace where individuals and smalls businesses can shop for the most affordable coverage and where many will get help from the government to pay their premiums.

A curious development. We’ll be watching to see how it turns out.