Rise and Shine

A year ago: A child reaches out to First Lady Michelle Obama prior to a Faith and Community Groups Leading the Way event at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla., Feb. 11, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



12:30: VP Biden holds a roundtable discussion on gun safety with law enforcement officials in Philadelphia

1:45: President Obama will present Clint Romesha with the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony

2:0: Senate lawmakers will debate and vote on re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act


On Thursday at 4:30 ET: “Fireside Hangout” with President Obama

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23 years ago today, Nelson Mandela was released from prison having been locked up for 27 years by a racist state


NYT: President Obama will use his State of the Union speech to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives – drastically reducing nuclear arsenals around the world – after securing agreement in recent months with the United States military that the American nuclear force can be cut in size by roughly a third.

…… White House officials are looking at a cut that would take the arsenal of deployed weapons to just above 1,000. Currently there are about 1,700, and the new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia that passed the Senate at the end of 2009 calls for a limit of roughly 1,550 by 2018.

But Mr. Obama, according to an official who was involved in the deliberations, “believes that we can make pretty radical reductions – and save a lot of money – without compromising American security in the second term. And the Joint Chiefs have signed off on that concept.”

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Washington Post: President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues.

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TPM: The Senate is poised to pass the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization early this week, with a final vote expected Monday afternoon or Tuesday.

…. Despite the unusually large Senate consensus, there has been no perceptible movement among House Republican leaders since they passed a scaled-back version of VAWA on a party-line vote last year, rejecting the Senate legislation.

In an exchange on the floor Wednesday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) needled Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on VAWA….. Cantor responded that it’s a “priority” for Republicans to “move and act on this bill”….

…. By the end of the week, House Republican leaders had no progress to speak of. “Silence,” said a senior House Democratic aide.

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NYT Editorial: If you’d like to know why Republicans are trying to shut down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, take a look at three things the agency has already accomplished in its first 18 months:

* It called a halt to predatory practices by mortgage lenders, ensuring that borrowers are not saddled with loans they can’t afford and preventing brokers from earning higher commissions for higher interest rates.

* It won an $85 million settlement from American Express, which it accused of deceptive and discriminatory marketing and billing practices.

* It opened an investigation into questionable marketing practices by banks and credit card companies on college campuses, which often take place after undisclosed financial arrangements are made with universities….

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Paul Krugman: Last week Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, gave what his office told us would be a major policy speech. And we should be grateful for the heads-up about the speech’s majorness. Otherwise, a read of the speech might have suggested that he was offering nothing more than a meager, warmed-over selection of stale ideas.

To be sure, Mr. Cantor tried to sound interested in serious policy discussion. But he didn’t succeed – and that was no accident. For these days his party dislikes the whole idea of applying critical thinking and evidence to policy questions. And no, that’s not a caricature: Last year the Texas G.O.P. explicitly condemned efforts to teach “critical thinking skills,” because, it said, such efforts “have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

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NYT: (Missoula, Mont) This funky college town …. has long been a liberal pocket, an isolated speck of blue in a deeply red state. Now Montana is electing more politicians who lean that way, thanks to a different-minded generation of young voters animated by the recession and social issues.

…. these students, and dozens of other young people interviewed here last week, give voice to a trend that is surprising pollsters and jangling the nerves of Republicans. On a central philosophical question of the day – the size and scope of the federal government – a clear majority of young people embraces President Obama’s notion that it can be a constructive force….

…. Here in Montana, a state that backed John McCain in 2008 and Mr. Romney last year, voters under 30 have helped elect two Democratic senators and a new Democratic governor. Nationally, young voters have since 2004 been casting their ballots for Democrats by far wider margins than previous young generations – a shift that could reshape American politics for decades.

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Later in the article, the GOP response to young voters in Montanta helping elect Gov Steve Bullock and re-elect Sen Jon Tester (“Both times, polls stayed open hours past their official closing time to accommodate huge lines of students. Both times, Forward Montana ran huge voter registration drives”)?

They are “now trying to undo a Montana law that permits voters to register on Election Day”.



ThinkProgress: Cleopatra Pendleton, mother of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton, will be Michelle Obama’s guest at the State of the Union on Tuesday.

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NYT: Gabrielle Giffords looked slightly stricken as she considered the question: Would she feel bad about starring in a political advertisement against her former House colleagues who declined to stand with her on guns? “Yes,” she said, it would be painful.

“Sometimes you have to do things that are hard,” said Mark E. Kelly, Ms. Giffords’s husband, as she tucked herself close to him on their couch. Ms. Giffords nodded, as she often does when Mr. Kelly — as he often does — intuits the many thoughts she is still unable to express fully. “Really hard,” she added.

Ms. Giffords, a former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, a gun owner, an astronaut’s wife, a shooting survivor and an incipient gun-control advocate, is settling into the third act of her public life.

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ThinkProgress: The NRA is a big spender when it comes to lobbying and campaigns. ThinkProgress investigated the NRA’s contributions to Members of Congress and — lo and behold — the most heavily NRA-backed congressman are leading the charge against new gun violence prevention measures.

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210 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 5 swbluega
    February 11, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Good Rainy Monday Miss Chips and TODers!

    Looking forward to the SOTU tomorrow evening.

  2. 6 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

    The amount of Pope jokes on my timeline are cracking me up.

    Twitter is the best place for football games, award shows, and breaking news. The jokes are just winging by like lightning.

    • 7 swbluega
      February 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

      These are great! 😀 Thanks for sharing with those of us who don’t have Twitter accounts.

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      February 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Excellent tweets! My favorite of yours, ut: “The Pope gave up his job for Lent. Which means whatever you were planning to give up is now meaningless.” Thanks for bringing them over. As a Catholic, I recall this Pope was trying to resign when JPII brought him into the Vatican way back. He finally made it! And guess I don’t have to give up chocolate candy for Lent, now. That would be, as you say, meaningless. Ha! I win. 🙂

  3. 9 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

  4. 11 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

  5. February 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning everyone congrats Mariele and Miss Janis Ian of course our 1st lady did she is a classy woman, just simple the best

  6. 18 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 8:40 am

  7. 19 Dudette
    February 11, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Top of the Morning to you, Chips! Fabulous post (as always)!
    Lots of wonderful goodies to chew on this morning. You are such a blessing!

    Apologies for my hijacking the last thread with Grammy stuff! 🙂

  8. 22 Dudette
    February 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Off to work, family! Have a great day everybody!

  9. February 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Good morning, TODville. Another great mash-up, Chips! Thank you.

    Looking forward to the Medal of Honor ceremony today. And tomorrow is the big day for SOTU.

    Did any of you catch the segment on Lincoln on 60 Minutes? DDL is THE AWESOME. If you haven’t seen the film, DO!

  10. 26 swbluega
    February 11, 2013 at 8:44 am

    How far is too far?  

    ” Feud over sign could force Fairfax’s Olde Belhaven to sell square”  

    The feud that consumed Fairfax County’s Olde Belhaven would span four years and cost the community as much as $400,000, and it was ignited by one of the smallest of sparks: a 2008 Obama for President sign that the HOA said was four inches taller than allowed.  

    The battle lines in Olde Belhaven were starkly drawn. On one side, the Farrans said they were standing up to an HOA run amok. On the other, HOA supporters saw a couple that inflicted financial ruin on the association — and their neighbors — to make a point.


    In 2010, a county judge sided with the Farrans on the fining issue. The roof and deck issues, which had been spun off into a separate lawsuit, were decided in 2011 also in favor of the Farrans. As a result, HOA fees increased from $650 to $3,500 a year and the HOA has filed for bankruptcy.  

    Did it have to go this far?

  11. 38 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 8:46 am

  12. 39 jackiegrumbacher
    February 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

    The Montana news is very encouraging. Young people see through the right wing bull and reject it and they are, thankfully, free of the hatred of anyone different from themselves. Our big challenge is to make sure young people are consistent voters and that everyone who turns 18 is registered to vote. This is particularly true in Latino communities where the habit of voting has to start early. I hope that the Democrats that young people turn to rise to the challenge and meet the expectations of the people who helped elect them. There are still a lot of old time Dems, Blue dogs and scaredy cats who could let these young people, not to mention the rest of us, down.

    On another note, I love the way Gabby Gifford’s dog looks at her with such devotion. That is obviously Gabby’s dog whose mission in life is to help her. I also admire the way Mark understands what Gabby’s thinking, even though she can’t say it. That, folks, is true love–an appropriate thought on Valentin’s Day week.

  13. 40 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Dudette posted this on the last thread. This is Rihanna performing “Stay” at the Grammys with Mikky Ekko. He wrote the song and is a brilliant songwriter and artist. Glad many people got to witness that yesterday. I was surprised she sang the song especially in light of her relationship with Chris Brown but her vocals have never sounded better. Good performance. The best performance of the night was by Jack White. I’ll post that when its uploaded on Youtube.

    This is the same song Stay. The recorded version so you can have a different take on it. Powerful lyrics.

  14. 43 amk for obama
    February 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

  15. 44 amk for obama
    February 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

  16. 46 JER
    February 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

    • 47 anniebella
      February 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

      If you ask me, and no one have If the crazy ass Republicans are counting on Rubio as their savior, they are still in bad shape.

  17. February 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  18. 49 dotster3
    February 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’m sure the pope’s notice of resignation had nothing to do with HBO’s airing of the new documentary, “Mea Maxima Culpa”, which makes clear, with proof, of the culpability of the pope of the decades of cover-up of sexual abuse by priests of thousands of young children, mostly boys. The charge is that the pope aided and abetted criminal behavior, before and after becoming pope, meaning he is also guilty of criminal behavior. ahem.


    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      February 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Well, dotster, I also don’t buy the “I’m too old” excuse. And the weirdest thing of all is the speed. He could have let it be known that he was thinking of retiring and given a date further in the future. Two weeks notice for a pope? A lot of working stiffs give more notice than that if there’s going to be a problem replacing them.

    • 52 Gazelle
      February 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Gawd, thought I was the only one who’s mind went that way when I heard it on the early a.m. news! It was a pulpable feeling that something stranger this way comes! 😉

  19. February 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

  20. 56 swbluega
    February 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Any word on when the Hagel confirmation vote will take place? Are there enough votes for Hagel to avoid IT ( not “Miss” 😉 ) Lindsey’s threatened filibuster?

  21. 59 Ladyhawke
    February 11, 2013 at 9:20 am


    New Year, Same Awful Congress



    What is going on here? A good part of the problem is the tribal politics Thomas Mann and I catalogued in It’s Even Worse Than It Looks. This is particularly true with posts like the head of CMS, the official responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), and the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a critical part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform act. When it came to both of these posts, Senate Republicans made it clear that the qualifications of nominees did not matter; they would block any and all appointees to keep these key Obama accomplishments from being implemented effectively. Mann and I called this strategy “The New Nullification,” an unprecedented effort to keep policies that have been lawfully enacted from being deployed.

    But the problem runs deeper than these and other high-profile posts. Ever since the Obama presidency began, Senate Republicans under Mitch McConnell have pursued an aggressive approach of gumming up the Senate’s operations by filibustering, threatening to filibuster, and “holding” bills and nominations from top to bottom, including ones that the chamber ultimately passed unanimously or near unanimously. Bills can and have been filibustered multiple times — on the motion to proceed to consider the bill, on the bill itself, and again at times on the conference report when a bill has passed both houses and differences must be reconciled. Each filibuster consumers hours and hours of the most precious Senate commodity: floor time to get things done.



    • February 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

      This is sabotage. Americans voted for this President and his agenda. For the GOP to obstruct even after the reinforcing 2012 election means that they are giving the finger to Americans in general. They don’t care.

    • 61 Betsy
      February 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      This makes Harry Reid’s actions on the filibuster even more incomprehensible. I have read the different takes on his reasoning, but my gut reaction to this debacle of Congress, especially the filibuster, is that Senator Reid missed a golden opportunity and held out for being “reasonable” in the face of blatant unreasonable GOP tactics, thinking this time will be a different outcome. 😦

  22. 62 yardarm756
    February 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

    It’s too damn early but i’m up! Misery loves company. Ahoy mates!

  23. 83 desertflower
    February 11, 2013 at 9:21 am


    NRA Dismisses ‘Connecticut Effect,’ Suggests Grief Over Newtown Tragedy Will Be Short-Lived

    By Scott Keyes on Feb 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

    WAUSAU, Wisconsin—The National Rifle Association will wait until the “Connecticut effect” has subsided to resume its push to weaken the nation’s gun laws, according to a top NRA lobbyist speaking at the NRA’s Wisconsin State Convention this weekend.

    Though the NRA had been tight-lipped about how the Newtown tragedy would affect their efforts, lobbyist Bob Welch, who represents the Wisconsin NRA group, was anything but during their yearly meeting.

    WE WON’T FORGET! WE WON’T STOP! These guys need to be permanently put out of business…

  24. 85 amk for obama
    February 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

    The place where raw conflict of interest comes into play is that the Affordable Care Act is a fairly massive income redistribution scheme. The tax base to finance Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies is extremely progressive, not flat like Social Security. The richest Americans will overwhelmingly be the ones paying the tab, and the benefits accrue overwhelmingly to the bottom half of the income distribution.

  25. 86 dotster3
    February 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I see there’s been shootings at the Wilmington, Delaware courthouse, 3 reportedly shot, shooter dead.

  26. 87 Ladyhawke
    February 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Short-term memory loss grips Washington

    By Steve Benen


    In 2011, Democrats and Republicans agreed to between $1.2 trillion and $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, depending on how one tallies the numbers. The cuts included no new revenue.

    In 2012, Democrats and Republicans agreed to a deal that raised revenue by about $650 billion. The new revenue included no new cuts.

    In 2013, Republicans are saying they remember what happened in 2012, but the 2011 policy has been blocked from memory.

    This is crazy. Folks like Cole and McCain keep saying the 2012 deal didn’t include spending cuts, so the sequester has to be 100% in the GOP’s favor now, without exception. Why? Because Republicans haven’t gotten spending cuts.

    Except they already did get spending cuts. Indeed, the cuts from 2011 were twice as big as the revenue from 2012. [Update: Greg Sargent has some very helpful charts that help drive the point home.]



  27. February 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I’m late now anyway, so I might as well come back and post this…

  28. February 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Let’s support Gabby:

  29. 91 vcprezofan2
    February 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good morning, Mariele! Good Morning, EVERYONE! 😆 😆 It is still morning, isn’t it? It’s very cloudy and overcast where I am so it’s hard to tell. Wishing you all a productive day!

      • 93 vcprezofan2
        February 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

        So it IS still morning? Phew! A very, very GOOD MORNING to you, Ms Chips! Nice to see you in a calm mood (Of course I haven’t read the thread yet so don’t really know if you’ve been trying to stir up the villagers. I’m hoping not, I guess.) 😉 😉

  30. February 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    GM Chipsticks, TOD. Gotta write two papers so maybe see you in the evening. Keep everyone in check. I havent seen an AMK sighting, so you are off to a good start!

  31. 99 yardarm756
    February 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I see that the WALITSEMO’s(WhineyAssLineInTheSandEmo,s) have been and are in their liter box. Stephanie Miller is the only relief this early in the morning.

  32. 100 dotster3
    February 11, 2013 at 9:43 am


  33. February 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    There will be more RWNJ crazy this week:

    National Security Brief: GOP Promises More Hagel Obstruction
    Republicans are now resorting to their often-used kitchen-sink strategy, this time in an effort to prevent Chuck Hagel from becoming Secretary of Defense. There’s no real substantive reason Hagel shouldn’t lead the Pentagon but that isn’t stoping the GOP from playing politics with national security (again). Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Sunday that he’d block Hagel and CIA Director nominee John Brennan unless he gets more information on what President Obama was doing during the Benghazi terror attack last September (Graham made the same promise if Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta didn’t testify on Benghazi. They did. But Graham’s still moving the goal posts.)

    Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member James Inhofe (R-OK) also said on Sunday that he’d force a 60-vote threshold to confirm Hagel and Politico reported that all the committee’s Republicans are threatening to walk out in protest if committee chair Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), who is reportedly “fed up” with the Republicans endless substance-free questions on Hagel, schedules a committee vote for the Nebraska Republican this week.


    • 109 amk for obama
      February 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

      fuck levin who lacked the balls to reform the filibuster just last month. He was the backstabbing dem who started the ball rolling with hagel bashing.

      • February 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Levin will certainly have a mess on his hands this week, that is for sure. With prima donna Graham and now Inhofe running for the cameras, a 3-ring circus.

    • 111 anniebella
      February 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Hay America, this is the B.S. President Obama has had to deal with from the first day he walk into that Oval Office. So a email goes to Harry Reid, what good did his so call filibuster deal do?

      • 112 anniebella
        February 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

        The thing that really piss me off is we elected President Obama, re-elected him, and he deserve to have the cabinet he choose, not who the Republicans choose or like.

      • 116 nathkatun7
        February 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        I know people are upset with Harry Reid but he is not the enemy here. I wish we would exert all our energies in bombarding the Republicans on the committee with phone calls, e-mails, faxes, tweets, etc. strongly urging them them to stop their BS. I strongly feel that the only effective way to help the President’s agenda is to focus our attacks on Republicans or those Democrats who blatantly vote against the President.

    • 117 Linda
      February 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Our President should tell them that the current Cabinet members are leaving on a specific day. If they don’t confirm…then they put the country at risk…Period

  34. 118 Jewelz
    February 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Are there any Californians around? What do you all think of your lieutenant governor, Gavin Newson? Is he someone that is considered a future of the democratic party? I just saw him on CBS news morning show promoting his new book, and he sounded like a used car salesman. It’s my first time hearing him speak, and I didn’t have a good feeling about him. He looked and sounded like a republican. I hope Kamala Harris challenges him for the CA gubernatorial post after Jerry Brown completes his term in office. I hope my perceptions of him are not too off base. So, please feel free to correct my assessments if you disagree.

    • February 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Jewelz, trust your instincts. He was my mayor for a few years and he’s a jerk. Squandered his tenure, had an affair with a friend’s wife, went into rehab, left the City with a big deficit. He comes from a wealthy family and I think he believes higher office is owed to him. He was strong on gay and environmental issues but he’s not a hard worker by any means. His job now is appearing on tee vee to promote his book. And he was a PUMA for the longest time. In short, UGH.

      Also, his first wife was RWNJ Kimberly Guilfoyle, Fox News employee and professional POTUS hater.

      • 120 Jewelz
        February 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Thank you meta for replying to my post. I guess my first instincts were right afterall. My gosh, how did someone with that lackluster background got elected to lieutenant governor of the great state of California? I hope California kick him to the curb if he decides to run for governor.

        • February 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

          He spent a lot of years in self-serving posture to the press, so he has a high-profile name. One of my closest friends works in the State Capitol as a legislative analyst and she says he has done absolutely nothing in his current job. I’m sure he sees it as his stepping stone to the governorship……vice presidency…..presidency.

    • February 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I don’t live in California, but I have friends who loved him. He was twice elected as mayor of San Francisco. The second election, he had an approval rating in the 70 percentile. He first gained national attention when he ordered the county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of the law. When I’ve seen him, he has impressed me as being able to see the big picture but not being afraid to think outside the box. He seems big on infrastructure and development.

    • 123 Bill
      February 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

      I am not from CA but have the same impression. Off topic: his first wife is one of the nasty airheaded women on FOX’s “The Five”.

    • 124 Anna Luc
      February 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Jewelz – I live south of SF and cannot resist putting my 2 cents in. Newsom puts my teeth on edge. He had an affair with the wife of his top political aide! (Can anybody say John Edwards!) I did not want to vote for this guy for Lt.Gov., but there he was on the ballot. I feel the same way about Newsom as I did about Gray Davis – a weak and ineffectual politician who will be a disaster as a governor. California got Gov. Davis because it was his “turn.” Let’s hope CA Dems are over that system.

      • 125 Dakota
        February 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

        I’m from Oakland and agree pretty much with what everyone has said about him. On a purely superficial level however, I think he’s very attractive…

  35. 126 JER
    February 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

    BREAKING: Shooting this morning at 8:20 in New Castle County Delaware Court House lobby. Three dead. Suspect dead. Number of people injured.

  36. 132 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I would advise folks to push back on tweets like these. These are the GOP’s attempts to smear our President and discredit his landmark achievement of Killing Bin Laden. I keep hearing reports about this Navy Seal – first I heard several reports at several different times that he was killed. Now is that he doesn’t have health insurance. And he’s mad at the US government about it.

    • February 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Next year when the exchanges kick in, he will be good!

      • 134 hopefruit2
        February 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

        I find it incredibly hard to believe that this guy currently lacks health insurance even now. And the way the article was slanted with all kinds of other grievances about the US government, tells me that this is some BS right there.

        • 135 Betsy
          February 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          It’s because he did not stay the requisite 20 years; As someone said in the comments on Yahoo, “rules are rules” in the military. There are no exceptions because you kill Bin Laden. He should have known that if he did not stay in the military, he would lose his health care and pension. We all have to put in our time to get that.

      • February 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

        But all this perhaps does is emphasize the importance of ObamaCare. We’re in dire straits when our military cannot afford coverage after they leave the military. I don’t mean to be catty, but millions of people continue jobs in order to remain insured…perhaps he should reenlist.

        • 138 hopefruit2
          February 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

          I think there’s a lot more to this story than the Esquire report and WAPO are telling us. Something about this guy doesn’t strike me as kosher – either he retired completely from the military so he could go write/sell books and personally profit from it – thereby forfeiting his continued benefits as a US Veteran, or something of that nature.

          I smell a large stinking rat in this story….

          • February 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

            I agree. I read the first page of the Bronstein Esquire story and didn’t feel compelled to continue reading. There’s something that isn’t quite right.

            • 140 hopefruit2
              February 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

              Yup. That article is chuck full of innuendos about the current US government, and that SEAL certainly seems to have his share of grievances, many of which are unrelated to the insurance issue.

  37. February 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and outside supporters of President Barack Obama are launching simultaneous social media, public outreach and fundraising campaigns tied to Tuesday’s State of the Union address.


  38. 142 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Van Jones of all people should not be spreading this garbage.

  39. 150 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

    HEH…didn’t take long for little Ezra to jump on the bandwagon. Another MSM manufactured crap to smear our President. I guess the drone issue is fizzling out, so why not join with the Right Wing to make our President look bad.

    • February 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Him and all the other ambulance chasers who take their cues from the RWNJs slander-of-the-week.

      • 152 hopefruit2
        February 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

        I think when one signs up for military duty, continued benefits after the active combat is over are contingent on the person agreeing to be part of the reserve, etc. They know that BEFORE they sign up and AGREE to it. So why is this guy acting all surprised that his benefits didn’t continue because he wanted out of the military to give “tell-all” interviews, writing/selling books smearing the US government, etc. And why are the left and right media simply running with his story, just because it gives them an opportunity to take cheap shots at our President.

        • 153 majiir
          February 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

          You’re right, hf. When you leave any job, you can lose your health insurance. It happens to people all of the time. I know people that this has happened to. When they get a new job, they have to buy health insurance. This guy is looking for attention. If he wanted his health insurance to continue, he should have stayed in the military. The only way his benefits would have continued after leaving would have been if he became disabled while in the military or he had enough years to retire.

  40. February 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    • 155 Nena20409
      February 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Both dweebs were elected by the teabaggers. His Latino heritage helped Marco Rubio to be accepted by DC GOP apparatus? Hmm? Rand Paul, another teabagger is still looked at with suspicious minds by the DC TBGOPer apparatus? Hmm? Yet there is NOT one iota of difference in their ideology and demagoguery. Hmm?

  41. February 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I love it when they call me Big Papa.., put your hands in the air like you don’t care.

  42. 158 Ladyhawke
    February 11, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Rubio, Paul to deliver competing SOTU responses

    By Steve Benen


    But for Republicans, this isn’t good news at all. What GOP officials want tomorrow night is two competing messages: the president’s vision vs. the Republican vision. Rubio’s speech, to be delivered in English and Spanish, will be carefully crafted with poll-tested ideas and phrases, intended to help get the party back on track after its 2012 electoral failures.

    But there won’t be two competing messages; Rand Paul guarantees there will be three. The public won’t get a tale of two visions; Americans will hear the president, then a Republican response, then another Republican response. That the two GOP messages will be delivered by two conservative senators who are both likely to seek national office in a few years only complicates matters further.



    • 159 susanne
      February 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      yes, and after the two official rethug responses, everyone will get to hear the rethug press’s evaluations and punditry for days and days. it will be one clear ringing bell of truth (pbo) then the cacaphony of noise from the right.

  43. 161 Pamela
    February 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Good morning y’all! Have checked out the excellent reporting, linked many, am up and at ’em out here in Seattle. Working today, still trying to build up my business clientele again, I prefer it didn’t take longer than I had hoped/anticipated… Trying not to worry. Not so much time to hang with all o’ y’all as I would wish. Be well, hugs all around. {{{{{Chipsticks}}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}} {{{{{TOD}}}}} 🙂

  44. 163 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Go Ben. I like when they push back effectively on these MSM hacks.

  45. 166 sherijr
    February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Heres my knowledge of continued medical coverage via the military, va benefits, mind you I enlisted 35 years ago.. but I am not buying this Navy Seal story, based on my own experiences: I never applied for my medical va benefits until 6 years ago when I became disabled due to doctor malpractice, I had been out of the army for 30 years. However when I needed a very expensive monthly prescription that was totally unaffordable to me on social security disability- I then had to apply for my va med benefits… it took only a few short months and thus I’ve had va medical ever since. My understanding about benefits are that they are given to you when you enlist… meaning whatever va coverage is at the time of your enlistment- is what you receive upon leaving the military.. but you do have to appply I believe. And if this Navy Seal is an officer- then he no doubt has even better VA bennys. Just my take.

    • 167 sherijr
      February 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

      to clarify, a soldier knows what his benefits will be before he signs on the dotted line… long before he/she completes their enlistment period.. even if Congress changes VA benefits in the meantime, those benefits agreed upon at enlistment are what the soldier receives at the end of their enlistment. Of course I believe that all changes if they stay long enough for retirement.

    • 168 Bill
      February 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

      It has been reported he only served 16 years and not the full 20 years in order to receive full retirement benefits. This should have no reflection on PBO.

      • 169 sherijr
        February 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

        absolutely has nothing to do with POTUS, but it does have to do with whatever benefits the military offered him at time of signup 16 years ago. This whole story is BS, and political. If this guy’s been in for 16 years you can believe he knew exactly what his benefits would be upon exiting the military.

      • 170 hopefruit2
        February 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Now watch Little Ezra slowly walk back with corrections – as this guy’s agenda is revealed and the MSM is exposed….

        • 171 sherijr
          February 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

          Ha! theres a shocker.. the guy is a liar and the media more than happy to help.. lie. At least Ezra corrected. Its important to remember that Congress determines our benefits.

          • 172 hopefruit2
            February 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

            Ezra is now moving the goalposts – now that there seem to be holes in the SEAL’s story…Ezra is now trying to turn it into a general “well 1.3 mil vets are uninsured” concern trolling story.

            Hey slick lil’ Ezra – we see what you did there….
            And we KNOW that vets were treated like SHYTE in decades past when neither you, Esquire, nor your MSM & RW media friends had any thing to say about it.

            • 173 sherijr
              February 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

              Exactly right HF, when I enlisted in ’76 the benefits were excellent- college paid for, med coverage after enlistement ended, etc… however several years later is when Congress changed the benefits- where vets then had to put part of their own $ into college, etc. 16 years ago when this Seal enlisted, his benefits had already been determined by Congress prior to ”97 when he apparently enlisted. Ezra should be completely ashamed for playing into this BS. And this Seal is a pos, imo.

              • 174 hopefruit2
                February 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

                This is good info sherijr. Ezra should be ashamed – indeed.

                • 175 JER
                  February 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

                  I did not think Seals, especially one who might have killled Bin Laden, could reveal his identity. Wouldn’t this put his life and the life of his family in danger?

                • 176 sherijr
                  February 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

                  I replied to Ezra that the Seal is damn lucky that Obamacare now exists 🙂

                • 177 anniebella
                  February 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

                  Before Ezra Klein got on tweeter tweeting he should have check the story, something real journalists used to do. But he thought he had another chance to attack POTUS.

                • 178 anniebella
                  February 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

                  Are you kidding? Ezra Klein ashame of his self. Not our two bit jackass Ezra Klein. This was his chance to jump on the Right Wing Lefty band wagon to make POTUS look bad.

    • 179 swbluega
      February 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Do you know if there are different requirements/qualifications to continue insurance coverage if you retire vs if you don’t re-enlist? Was this person a retiree? I agree sherijr that it probably doesn’t automatically kick in. There’s probably some application process that needs to completed during the outprocessing. I know that even when moving from one assignment to another, the proper paperwork has to be completed to continue benefits for dependents. I would assume the same would apply with retirement/separation from the military.

  46. 181 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Scandal Fans: Guillermo Diaz aka Huck is on The View today. Can’t wait for Thursday’s roller coaster episode.

  47. 184 Ladyhawke
    February 11, 2013 at 11:20 am


    Graham’s Continuing Hissy Fit

    By Ed Kilgore


    The standard conservative line about Chuck Hagel’s confirmation process is that his hearings in the Senate Armed Services Committee were a disaster for the administration, revealing the nominee’s fecklessness and “extremist” views. But in a revealing indication of the GOP’s real priorities, it looks like the Big Partisan Confrontation over the nomination won’t be over Israel or Iran or Hagel’s competence under hostile questioning, but—yes, you’ve guessed it—Benghazi!

    A Republican “walkout” during a Hagel vote, could, of course, represent just another kind of theater. The ranking Republican senator on the committee, John McCain, might go along with it to give his little friend from the Palmetto State another opportunity to posture for the right-wing activists back home who are mulling a primary challenge to him, without taking the more consequential action of an unprecedented filibuster of a Cabinet nominee.



  48. 185 Linda
    February 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

    As part of his state’s new budget, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his administration are trying to force potentially tens of thousands of public sector employees in the state to work fewer hours so that the government can avoid providing them health care.

    Under Obamacare, employers are required to offer health insurance options for any employee working 30 hours or more per week. So McDonnell and his team have slipped language into the state’s budget bill requiring that any hourly waged workers employed by the state put in no more than 29 hours a week.

    The rule applies to a range of state employees, including adjunct college professors:

    The 29-hour limit is on its way to becoming state law, thanks to language inserted into the state budget at the request of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration. The language appears in both versions of the budget adopted Thursday by the Senate and House of Delegates.[…]

    Anticipating legislative approval of the policy, the state Department of Human Resource Management has advised all state agencies to implement it now.

    The state has more than 37,000 wage employees. More than 7,000 of them have been working at least 30 hours a week, according to a recent survey taken by the department.


    • 186 jacquelineoboomer
      February 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Time for some of the state unions to become actively and vocally involved, again, on behalf of all of the workers covered by unions! These Republican governors have absolutely no compassion or empathy for “workers,” and I am absolutely sick of it! Vote ’em all out.

  49. February 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

  50. 189 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

    • 190 jacquelineoboomer
      February 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

      There used to be an unwritten truth that one party would be very careful how they obstructed the other party in the majority, because they knew one fine day, it would come back to haunt them. All I can figure (and what I “cling to”) is that Republicans KNOW they are not going to get back the White House or have the majority in both the House and Senate for decades, and that is why they aren’t playing the same game. We need to make sure their inclinations come true, gain back Speaker for Life Pelosi, keep the White House and Senate, and refuse to play ball with any of ’em, in the upcoming election cycles. Two can play at their game, even though Democrats always try to take the high road. (I still hope we can take the high road, but it’s a dwindling hope, I’m sorry to say.)

  51. 191 sherijr
    February 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

    For SWBluega- for some reason I can’t post a reply.. so am replying here: agree with you, as my experience was that I had to apply for my benefits, I had honestly forgotten over the years that my enlistment allowed for me to have med benefits after getting out.. thus I never asked for them. As to more benefits after retirement, when I was in so many years ago- the only way to get ‘full benefits’ – med, dental, dependent benefits, px, commissary, etc.. was to stay in 20 years. I don’t know how it works now, but I’m guessing full benefits still apply.

    • 192 swbluega
      February 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Thanks for the response. Not surprised about you not being able to reply. For some reason, I had a hard time getting the comment to post.

      My husband will be retiring in a little over a year. Need to make sure he follows through with all the paperwork to make sure there isnt a break in our insurance.

      • 193 sherijr
        February 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        yep, it used to be during your exit interview.. they went over all the coverage, etc.. and what you’d need to do to keep things going during retirement- but he can still ask all the questions now- so he’s ready. Good luck to both of you- and thank him for me 🙂 and thank you also!

  52. 195 Linda
    February 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Perfect for Black History Month ?

  53. February 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

  54. 197 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

    • 198 hopefruit2
      February 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Very nice, and very good. Time to show congress that we mean business – these are REAL victims.

    • 199 anniebella
      February 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      That’s nice. It’s even better that they have two suspects in custody.

    • 200 dotster3
      February 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I’m likely in the minority, but my first reaction was “oh no”. This doesn’t feel right to me, for a bunch of reasons. That is the same first reaction I had when I read that a Newtown child would be a guest—-then I read it was someone who was not a Sandy Hook student but a student at a different school there who had written a letter to PBO about gun control.
      I’ll have to think about it. If it was me, I can’t imagine going anywhere right after a child of mine had been killed.

      • 201 anniebella
        February 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

        dotster3, did you see Hadiya’s Mom speaking at the funeral? She was smiling, cracking jokes, laughing as she talk about her beautiful daughter. One comment she made that stuck with me, she said that some people want her to be walking around with along face, all sad and stuff, but she’s not worry because she knows where her daughter’s soul is. I feel like anyone who is sick and tired of this senseless gun violence is going to have to join the fight, who better to join the fight and speak out then someone who have suffer from that gun violence. Now everyone might not be able to deal with doing that, but if there is others out there who want to say look at me, I’m fighting so that we can try to prevent another Mother or family from going through what I’m going through. Will we prevent all, no, but if we prevent one or two,then we have to do something. Remember the Mothers against Drunk driving campaign, this has to be the same kind of campaign. I want to see more people who know the effects of gun violence. I would love to see two or three parents from Newtown Conn. sitting with the First Lady. One thing we know we are fighting a low down dirty disgusting enemy here ( the NRA ) and we need all the soldiers we can get.

  55. 203 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Major Garrett is not having a good day. He apparently was angry texting or DM’ing his dry cleaner or whoever and the tweet posted on his public feed. Everyone, including other reporters are now making fun of him.

    This is the tweet. I’m thinking autocorrect changed it from “shitty” to “shirty.”

    “The fuck I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I’m not fucking kidding.”

  56. 206 utaustinliberal
    February 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm


  57. 207 Ladyhawke
    February 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm


    Setting the bar too low

    By Steve Benen


    The D.C. establishment wants a fresh Republican star and it has obviously made its choice.

    I have a hunch I’m tilting at windmills, but I’d like to point three simple truths that the Beltway crowd may want to at least consider before joining the Rubio fan club.

    First, if the senator has “unusual gifts,” they haven’t translated into meaningful policy successes. As Rubio begins his third year on Capitol Hill, his most notable legislative accomplishment has been sponsoring “a resolution designating September 2011 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.”

    Second, though Rubio hasn’t demonstrated any real depth of thought on any area of public policy, the Floridian appears to have taken an interest in one issue: immigration. On this issue, Rubio has already flip-flopped, fumbled his initial foray, and ended up adopting President Obama’s immigration policy has his own.

    And third, Rubio is unbelievably far to the right.



    • 208 anniebella
      February 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      So Rubio knows who Tupac is, that should seal the black vote for Rubio right ther.

      • 209 hopefruit2
        February 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        Yup. I see Black folks in herds and droves now switching their registrations from DEM to Repub. They can’t wait for 2016 – to have a President who KNOWS TUPAC?!?!? WOW…what more could you ask for…..

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