Rise and Shine



10:45: The President and Vice President deliver remarks to the National Governors Association; The First Lady and Dr Biden also deliver remarks

12:45: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24 (Photo by Pete Souza)


NBC: A vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Defense Department, Supreme Court arguments about the future of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and the expected onset of automatic spending cuts known as the “sequester” mean the nation’s capital is bracing for a politically consequential week ahead.

After a weeklong recess, Congress returns to Washington with a full agenda of business that needs handling. Topping that list is an item which lawmakers are arguably unlikely to resolve over the course of the week: the sequester, about $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to begin taking effect on Friday, the first day of March.

….. The Senate is set to vote Tuesday on final confirmation for former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to become the next defense secretary….

Also this week, the Supreme Court will hear potentially consequential oral arguments challenging a section of the historic Voting Right Acts. The justices will hear a challenge to a section of the law requiring nine states with a history of racial discrimination to seek Justice Department approval for any change in their voting procedures before those changes can take effect….

More here


Washington Post: The White House has released state-by-state reports on some of the programs and services that would be impacted under the sequestration cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1. Here is their breakdown by state and program – see here



MooOOOOooOOOOoorning! Slow getting started today, will catch up with more news later.

170 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

    • 2 cookemom
      February 25, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Yippee Ki Yi Aye to all you O’s!!!!! It’s time to get movin’ and grovin’ on this great getting up day on planet TOD. Have you heard of the new utube sensation that’s sweeping the universe? It’s right up there with Gangman Style and it’s called the Harlem Shake. Just Google Harlem Shake for all of the variations from everywhere, by everybody.

      For all you oldsters, this ain’t your mama’s Harlem Shake, not even close, so don’t go getting all nostalgic. Cookemom’s #2 took this phenomena to Pontevedra, Spain.

      No trees were harmed during the filming of this video. And yes, I still love her. So much for that age old advice, ‘no matter where you go, you represent the family name’.

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      February 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Nice trial balloon! 😆 😆 GM, CM!

    • 8 99ts
      February 25, 2013 at 9:44 am

      wtg cookemom – I saw you standing by the door again – waiting to move & grove

    • February 25, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Morning Cookemom, mooooooooorning everyone!

      • 10 CarolMaeWY
        February 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        Thanks for posting the pics and video of Obama. I have trouble with living streaming on iPad. I’m not sure it has ever worked for me. Just not compatible. But you are so reliable to repost. I greatly appreciate it.

  1. 11 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Monday Morning, or Afternoon, or Evening to you all! The Obamas are in the White House and we all have their backs, right?

  2. 12 japa21
    February 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good morning all

  3. 13 ranman11
    February 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family, I hope everyone had a great weekend. Congrats cookemom on being first this lovely Monday morning.

  4. February 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

    GM Chipsticks, TOD. Congrats Cookemom………….Pulling an all-niter, writing research paper due in 2 hours!! Am delirous…..

  5. February 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

  6. February 25, 2013 at 9:47 am

    This post has a 50 individual state PDF’s to see what programs, jobs, facilities will be affected in your state. Contact your REP!!

  7. 32 NurseShar
    February 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Morning folks, I’ve been away on a cruise the last week, what did I miss? Does it look like Chuck Hagel has the votes tomorrow?

  8. 36 dotster3
    February 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Speaking of Sup. Ct. cases—-this one would protect big biz/corps from legal redress by wronged consumers—prevent class action lawsuits and placing corporations above the law. Think Carnival Cruise.

    • 37 Dudette
      February 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      This is some heinous crap right here! Really freakin’ amazing. Where’s the media? With their heads up their asses!!
      From the article:

      “News outlets have largely ignored the legal barriers that the Supreme Court has erected in between injured consumers and access to compensation – including a current case that could give big business the power to place themselves beyond the reach of federal laws by preventing consumers and small businesses from bringing class action lawsuits.

      That’s surprising, considering the extensive media coverage of the story of 3,000 passengers on Carnival Cruise Line’s Triumph who spent five days floating in the Gulf of Mexico with no power or plumbing, and finally disembarked in Mobile, Alabama. On February 20, attorneys for the passengers filed a class-action lawsuit against Carnival, claiming that the cruise line acted negligently by sending the Triumph to sea when they knew the ship had mechanical problems. It was the second major crisis on a Carnival ship in a year.

      Thanks to a series of Supreme Court cases limiting class actions and upholding arbitration agreements, those passengers are facing an uphill climb with their lawsuit. Carnival’s ticket contract itself contains an arbitration clause requiring customers to waive their right to bring claims against Carnival in court. It also includes a “class-action waiver” that states:

      This contract provides for the exclusive resolution of disputes through individual legal action on guest’s own behalf instead of through any class action.”

  9. 38 AJ
    February 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I wonder if there was any star at the Oscar telecast standing by to read the announcement in case of a tech failure in gettting FLOTUS on air. I guess Jack would’ve done it.

    It’s strange little questions like this that keep me up at night. Yay, Argo!! (Can’t help rooting for the local boy!)

    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Someone said Jack had the envelope, too, in case there was a technical glitch! I only saw him in my peripheral vision for a few seconds, last night, but at first I thought he was “losing it” when he turned around and looked up with that great goofy Jack look on his face, only to realize he was looking for the feed through which our GORGEOUS FLOTUS would appear. So glad I didn’t miss seeing her beauty and grace and enthusiasm.

  10. 40 JER
    February 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

    THE DOW IS UP! – 14,053.98 +53.41 (0.38%) Real-time: 9:53AM EST

  11. 44 japa21
    February 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Question. I didn’t watch the Oscars. I seldom do. So it was nice waking up,watching the morning news and seeing our wonderful FLOTUS give out the Best Picture award. Lovely, as usual. Anyway, I just received a tweet which intimates that there was a lot of RW negativity towards her being involved. Is that true?

    • 45 cookemom
      February 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Yep, but no worries, they’d complain if you hit them with NEW boxing gloves.

    • February 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Hiya Japa, I missed everything last night but judging by my Twitter feed this morning, yes – there was the predictable abuse from RWNJs when she appeared.

    • 52 Bill
      February 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

      It wasn’t just rwnj’s. Even Tina Brown made a very offensive tweet. Our country can be very discouraging at times.

      • February 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Seriously Bill? Tina Brown? Oh boy….

      • February 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

      • 63 anniebella
        February 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

        Well Bill, Tina Brown can join the right wing haters straight to that you know where.. One thing about it, I don’t think FLOTUS is worrying about Tina Brown or any of the the haters, right or left.

      • 64 jackiegrumbacher
        February 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        I don’t understand why FLOTUS’ appearance is anybody’s business, especially Tina Brown’s. Michelle Obama is a beautiful, intelligence, internationally known and admired woman, as well as the First Lady of the United States, and if she likes the movies and agrees to appear at the Oscars, more power to her. It was thrilling to see her. I despised GWB with the heat of a thousand suns, but if Laura Bush had done this, I would have shrugged and said good for her for supporting the arts.

        • 65 nathkatun7
          February 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

          Well said, Jackie G! Besides, since when was Hollywood not part of the United States? The President or First Lady can throw first pitches at baseball games but FLOTUS is not supposed to participate in giving out awards at the Oscars? Some people are really consumed with hating the Obamas.

    • February 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Some people really don’t know how to have fun.

      • 67 cookemom
        February 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

        I think that’s really it. They live such miserable lives, they can’t stand to see people having a good time. Misery loves company. When’s the last time we’ve seen a RWNJ crack a smile, about anything? There is no humor in that group. Well, maybe Seamus is still laughing about now.

    • 68 Lovepolitics2008
      February 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

      What we have here is an illustration of how much republicans have poisoned the atmosphere in America to the point where an appearance at the Oscars by the First Lady of the United States (!!!) is viewed with suspicion . What’s next ? Screaming if the First Lady or the President visits some community after a natural disaster, or after a tragedy like Aurora or Newton ?

    • 70 nathkatun7
      February 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Paul Begala’s column was excellent! I especially liked the way he poked fun at Texas, Oklahoma and Kentucky for their dependency on federal dollars while they go around denouncing federal spending. Of all the Clintonites he has been, for the most part, a straight shooter when it comes to President Obama. Thanks for sharing it, 99ts! May be Chipstick would like to take a look at it and see if it needs more exposure.

  12. 71 AJ
    February 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Here’s the inside scoop about how/when/who got FLOTUS on board for the Oscars….


    • 76 isonprize
      February 25, 2013 at 10:38 am


      Did you see the last paragraph? Not to worry. They had a plan! After all, this IS Hollywood and the show must go on!!

      The person seen via satellite on the Oscars show handing her the envelope was Robert Moritz, the chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

      Nicholson, who had introduced the first lady from the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood, was holding a second envelope with the winner — in case something went wrong and they lost the connection.

      • 77 AJ
        February 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Yup, the simplest way would’ve to just have Jack to it…don’t know why I was looking for a more complicated Plan B. 😀 !

    • 78 Lovepolitics2008
      February 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Don’t read the comments…

      I think that republicans organizations still have some paid staff to flood the comments sections of online newspapers with hate and negativity. The comments on that site are almost all negative. I doubt that 95, 98% of americans are mad at the Flotus’s appearance at the Oscars.

    • 79 CarolMaeWY
      February 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Wasn’t there a joke about Harvey Weinstein not involved in the Oscars this year? Tee hee.

  13. 80 99ts
    February 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    So the markets are heading up again today. What do they know about the sequester that we do not?

    • 81 cookemom
      February 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

      They’ve probably already figured ‘legislating thru hysteria and delay’ in their matrices and decided this is the new normal. So it’s off to wheeling and dealing for them. Let’s hope they’re getting it right, if not, hang on to your uppers, it’ll be a wild ride.

  14. 95 anniebella
    February 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hello, Dr. Biden is speaking now.

  15. 99 japa21
    February 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

  16. 100 utaustinliberal
    February 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

  17. 101 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Who is that woman (governor?) speaking?

  18. 103 Don
    February 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

    If ever you guys are bored and have some free time on your hands, go and take a look at Mitch McConnell’s brief military career. Oh please go take a look!! It’s worth it…… LOL

  19. 109 Ladyhawke
    February 25, 2013 at 11:32 am


    VIDEO: Hey Stupid! The President Doesn’t Run Congress!!

    By The Pragmatic Pundit


    As I listened to a press briefing the other day, I was appalled when a reporter asked if there was anything the President could do by executive order to stop the sequester.Press Secretary Jay Carney responded that “It would certainly be a welcomed development if the President were able to legislate. Unfortunately…. that is not a power that the President has….”

    Now, maybe it’s me, but I don’t think it’s too much to expect reporters assigned to the White House to understand how the government works. Surely, when Congressional members and pundits are calling for the President to “lead”, everyone knows that’s just a bunch of blowhard bullshit…the President doesn’t tell Congress what to do.

    Here’s a clue…Congress is called the Legislative Branch because it is the branch of government that legislates. So all the finger-pointing about who is to blame for the sequester is just plain stupid. The President does not legislate. He either approves and signs a bill or vetoes it.



  20. February 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

    OMG!!!! The Strange and Possibly Sordid Story of Mitch McConnell’s Military Service.

  21. 112 Virginia
    February 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Watching the President speak to the Governor’s in the White House right now. No Link?? or did I miss it?

  22. 113 anniebella
    February 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I enjoy listening to Dr. Biden and First Lady Michelle. When I listen to what those two women are out there trying to do for our military men and women and their families, it makes me so proud of them. This is why if ever ask who do I respect and admire, Tina Brown or FLOTUS, no contest. Because FLOTUS is out there trying to help people, Tina Brown is out there trying to sell magazines. The right wing haters are out there just hating, because they can’t handle a Black Family in the White House.

  23. February 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Just called the Onion, they told me a statement is coming out soon.

  24. 116 utaustinliberal
    February 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

    About damned time. What they did was disgusting.

    • February 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Feb. 25, 2013

      Dear Readers,

      On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

      No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

      The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

      In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

      Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.


      Steve Hannah
      The Onion

      • February 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

        It was also HURTFUL to her, her family and everyone who saw it.

        • 119 FiredUpInCA
          February 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

          This is the kind of “humor” that happens when people try to be edgy instead of funny. The first law of comedy: be funny. I think they thought the fallout and outrage would be funny. It wasn’t and somebody needs to be fired.

          • 120 jacquelineoboomer
            February 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

            Exactly. I’ll never see “The Onion” again, without thinking of that little girl and what even one person on their staff thought was funny. And then I’ll think about my own 9-year-old granddaughter, because she was, by extension, also their target.

          • February 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

            I’ll never forget the line in the movie about the founder of Facebook when he blogged nasty things about his girlfriend when she broke up with him and he tried to apologize. She told him that the things he wrote about her on the Internet was like “INK” and that posting lies and hurtful things on the internet is what the “ANGRY” do. The people who took the bait and joined in on nasty comments about this little girl are a bunch of idiots and inwardly angry people who are lower than dirt scumbags to attack a little child.

      • February 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        THAT’S an apology. You don’t even see apologies like that from politicians.

  25. 123 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The above post is one that needs to be shared, especially with anyone you hear saying the President should….. re sequester. The video on how government (should) runs is brief enough for them to educate themselves quickly.

  26. February 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Chips and everyone. Been out with pneumonia so am just getting to where I can breathe and read. I am still off work but am going to try to go back to work tomorrow. Loved our beautiful First Lady’s. appearance at the Oscars. What a treat.

  27. 133 Ladyhawke
    February 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Dan Pfeiffer ‏@pfeiffer44


    2 months ago, Speaker Boehner pushed for $800b in deficit reduction from tax reform, now would rather lose 750k jobs than enact his own plan


  28. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    CNN headline:
    Justice Sotomayor slams racially insensitive argument by federal prosecutor. Prosecutor said, “You’ve got African Americans … Hispanics … a bag full of money … does that tell you this is a drug deal?” Justice Sotomayor said, “I hope never to see a case like this again.”

    No other details, but sounds like a big problem for that federal prosecutor.

    There is an endless supply of paint.

  29. February 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Ok, I was off the intertubes all day yesterday, so I just saw the “funny” tweet the Onion made about young Ms. Wallis. Who the HELL thought that calling a child that word was in the remotest way funny? Hopefully that person has lost his/her job.

  30. 143 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Did y’all see the e-mail from Emily’s List about Chris Christie, which reads, in part:

    “There’s no denying: Chris Christie’s tenure as governor has been awful, especially for New Jersey’s women and families. This is the guy who called universal Pre-K “government babysit[ting],” vetoed 3 out of 4 equal pay bills, and vetoed a bill to give gay couples in New Jersey the right to marry … His track record with women’s and family health is even more abysmal: He eliminated millions of dollars of funding for family planning organizations and vetoed an attempt to restore it; he supported Paul Ryan’s budget, which would have ended Medicare as we know it; and he’s proudly anti-choice.”

    So guess he really won’t have a “seat at the table,” so easily, next time he runs.

    • 144 theo67
      February 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Why, oh why, does this guy have a high approval rating among so-called liberals, when he’s against everything the liberals are supposed to stand for as Democrats?

      • 145 jacquelineoboomer
        February 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        Hurricane Sandy. Possibly other stuff. He’ll wreck the good standing he has, before the next election – or turn Democrat, like he should!!!!

  31. 146 FiredUpInCA
    February 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    The President Isn’t ‘Moving Goal Posts’ to Avoid Spending Cuts: Obama Adviser

    The characterization that the president is “moving the goal posts” by demanding more revenue was made by Bob Woodward in a Washington Post op-ed.

    But Sperling responded by telling CNBC, “[Woodward] has never been more wrong … The entire DNA of the enforcement mechanism, the sequester, was to bring both sides back to the table. That Democrats would compromise more on entitlements. That Republicans would compromise more on revenues,” the director of the National Economic Council told “Squawk Box. “So the idea that this moves the ‘goal post,’ there’s not even an ounce of truth to that,” Sperling said.

    Sperling also said, “We take into account the fact that we’ve done $600 billion in revenues. That was the number that sealed the agreement to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff’ at the beginning of the year.

    “But to get a [sequester] deal, compromise,” he stressed, “you still need to do some closing of loopholes and tax expenditures to raise revenues together with entitlement [reform].”

    If a compromise deal isn’t reached, Sperling argued, it would be the GOP’s fault. “[Republicans] can’t find one single penny of revenues. Not one single penny of loopholes or corporate tax expenditures. That’s an absolutist position.”


  32. February 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    • 148 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Maybe the liability insurance CEOs might want a little piece of that “well-regulated” profit consideration.

  33. February 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Completely off-topic, but I simply had no choice…

  34. 153 57andfemale
    February 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    An OK bill has passed their Senate committee and is headed to the state Senate for a vote. From the party of ‘freedom’:

    “Giving employers the right to decide whether their employees should have access to basic preventive health care, like birth control, is plenty nuts, but just check out the reasoning for this idiotic bill:

    Jolley said the measure is the result of a request from a constituent, Dr. Dominic Pedulla, an Oklahoma City cardiologist who describes himself as a natural family planning medical consultant and women’s health researcher. […]
    Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are, Pedulla said.

    “Part of their identity is the potential to be a mother,” Pedulla said. “They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies.”

    Um … okay, doctor who apparently graduated from Acme Medical School. That’s not really how birth control works. It doesn’t suppress your identity—it just makes it so you don’t get pregnant when you don’t want to. It’s pretty simple, actually. If you’re not a quack.”

    • 154 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      I think I read an anthropological digest that said the first thing cavemen chiseled on rocks was something like, “Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are. Oh, and, it’s radical.”

      In today’s world, I really, really like how a practicing cardiologist knows all about “natural family planning” and researches “women’s health.” Sounds a little kinky. And Republican.

  35. 156 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  36. 160 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Boehner and his posse have apparently planned a press love-fest for later today. I thought I’d TRY to help spread a backdrop for him. Do help if you feel like holding a corner of the backdrop. 😉

    • 161 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Oh, VC, the way you wrote “Am’cans” might sound a little Socialist Marxist to Boehner. And I chuckle. (Good for you; loved the tweet!)

      • 162 vcprezofan2
        February 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        Thanks, JO’B. It fair boggles the mind that these irresponsible, overpaid, over-entitled, uncaring guys set their own work schedule and content while the country’s business is put on the back burner!

  37. 164 whatisworking
    February 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Good Morning tOD family

    FLOTUS stole the show last night.

    encouraging video

    Oakland Youth Swap Fast Food for Fresh Food

    Gun Violence video of the day

    Long page of gun violence videos found here


  38. February 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm



    We Will Remember

  39. 170 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Looking forward to seeing this remake!

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