Rise and Shine



Greg Sargent: “Senate Democrats believe that they have several new votes in favor of a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers, after weeks in which those who opposed the legislation faced strong political backlash at home. One of these votes currently in play may be Senator Johnny Isakson, who sponsored a background check bill on the state level in Georgia. A gun control advocate who met with Senator Isakson today tells me that he said he is open to voting for Manchin-Toomey if and when it comes up again — and that he is in active talks with Senator Joe Manchin about the measure.

To be sure, this is very little grounds, by itself, for hoping for future passage of Manchin-Toomey. After all, Dems need to flip five senators to break the GOP filibuster. But it is clear that Dem leaders really do want to hold another vote, that conversations are continuing, and that a few senators may be open to changing their stance. This will only encourage the gun reform forces to keep up the pressure, which is key.

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Dylan Matthews: Robert Rector and Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation have made a splash by releasing a paper claiming that the immigration reform bill being weighed in the U.S. Senate will cost the government $5.3 trillion. Or, more precisely, that undocumented immigrants under current law will cost the government $1 trillion, and legalizing those immigrants will increase that to $6.3 trillion. Subtract one from the other and you get the $5.3 trillion total cost estimate.

So does the Heritage estimate hold up? Not really. They make a lot of curious methodological choices that cumulatively throw the study into question. It’s likely that immigrants would pay a lot more in taxes, and need a lot less in benefits, than Heritage assumes, and that other benefits would outweigh what costs remain. the best study we have on the fiscal effects of immigration reform, from the CBO, finds the impact to be minimal or positive. But the Heritage numbers simply are not credible.

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The Boston Globe: It took 849 days for the man who threw the elbow heard ’round the world to finally talk about it.

“I didn’t want that to define my life,” said Reynaldo Decerega, 40. “I had no desire to bring attention to myself in an accident that caused somebody pain. I didn’t want to disrespect the President of the United States.”

On Nov. 26, 2010, President Barack Obama was accidentally smacked in the kisser by Decerega’s elbow in a pickup basketball game. The leader of the free world received 12 stitches in his upper lip. Decerega took four stitches in his right elbow and the weight of the world on his mind.

More of this delightful anecdote here





Eugene Robinson: For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions:

Would the intelligence analysts who agree that chemical weapons have been used in Syria be the same intelligence analysts who agreed 10 years ago that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction? Isn’t it true that Hussein, as it turned out, apparently had not even an active program to obtain WMD?

If chemical weapons indeed were used in Syria, are we certain who used them? U.S. officials believe it was Assad; a United Nations official has suggested it might have been the rebels. Shouldn’t we be certain where, when, how and by whom chemical warfare was practiced? We know that Assad is a monster, but don’t we need to firmly establish blame before meting out punishment?

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Dana Milbank: Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint prefaced his condemnation of immigration legislation Monday with the same form of inoculation conservatives often use on such occasions: He quoted Emma Lazarus.

“There’s a statement at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty,” said the former Republican senator who just took over as chief of the powerful think tank. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses . . . ”

He and his colleagues then went on to outline their version of immigration reform: No poor and huddled need apply.

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ThinkProgress: Elizabeth Smart became a household name after she was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, UT at the age of 14 and held in captivity for nine months. She was forced into a polygamous marriage, tethered to a metal cable, and raped daily until she was rescued from her captors nine months later. Smart was recovered while she and her kidnappers were walking down a suburban street, leading many Americans who followed her story on the national news to wonder: Why didn’t she just run away as soon as she was brought outside?

Speaking to an audience at Johns Hopkins about issues of human trafficking and sexual violence, Smart recently offered an answer to that question. She explained that some human trafficking victims don’t run away because they feel worthless after being raped, particularly if they have been raised in conservative cultures that push abstinence-only education and emphasize sexual purity:

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Ezra Klein: That the U.S. Congress contains more than its fair share of millionaires is fairly well known. But I’ve never seen it put quite this vividly: If millionaires were a political party, that party would make up less than 10% of the country, but it would have a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate, a majority in the House, a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, and a man in the White House. If the Millionaires’ Party ever gets its act together, watch out.

But even if that’s true, Carnes’ research — and common sense — shows that the simple fact of being a white-collar millionaire leads to different priorities. It leads to different social circles. It leads to different bills. While the average member of Congress in my sample voted with the AFL-CIO approximately 56% of the time, models 3 and 4 in Table 1 suggest that if the class composition of Congress were identical to that of the nation as a whole, the average member would have supported the AFL-CIO’s position between 59% of the time (model 4, with controls) and 69% of the time (model 3, without controls), which translates into approximately one to three more major progressive economic policies in each Congress.

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

9:30AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

11:15AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden hold a bilateral meeting with Pres. Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea

11:15AM: First Lady Michelle Obama holds a book signing at the Politics & Prose bookstore

12:15PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden host Pres. Geun-hye for lunch

1:30PM: Pres. Obama and Pres. Geun-hye hold a press conference

3:50PM: Pres. Obama meets with senior advisors

4:35PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet with Defense Secretary Hagel

5:35PM: Pres. Obama attends a DNC event at the St. Regis Hotel

7:15PM: VP Biden delivers remarks at the 2013 Annual Gala Dinner of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies



This day in 2010: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden wait for the start of the Women’s Leadership Forum Issues Conference at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., May 7, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Have A Baracktastic Day! 😀

172 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 3 criquet
    May 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Morning all.

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    May 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

    GM UT, Chips & Congrats on 1st Almablanca

  3. 7 criquet
    May 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

    We’re tied, Almablanca! Have a great day.

  4. 10 99ts
    May 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    GM All – thank you UT for all the good news

  5. May 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good Tuesday Morning TODer’s!!!!

    UT, Thanks for the Rise and Shine chocked full of info.

    Congrats Almablanca and Criquet

    Hope everyone has an awesome day.

  6. May 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    What a compleeeeeeeeeeeeeetely fantastic R&S, UT you are a human cheesy puff! Thanks a gazillion, so much great reading and viewing!

    Left this on last thread –

    Those 911 operators must be the coolest people on planet earth –

    Amanda Berry: “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m here. I’m free now.”

    Operator: “Okay.”

    They’re amazing!

    Moooooorning everyone!

    • 13 utaustinliberal
      May 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

      A human cheesy puff? Now that’s the highest of high praises. 😆

      As always, thanks for the opportunity Chiparoo.

  7. 15 utaustinliberal
    May 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Congrats Almablanca and Criquet on first place tie.

  8. 16 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, and congrats Almablanca, criquet and Roberta on 3-way tie! 🙂 🙂

    • 17 Jovie
      May 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

      But but but Benghazi, the ACA is going to kill us all, immigration reform will bankrupt the World, Hillary lied in Benghazi, did I mention Benghazi…

    • 21 Roberta in MN
      May 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

      GM hopefruit2. I started a comment and lost the darned thing. Anyway, I am only 2nd 😦 sad lol. I am on my way to making Choc Chip Cookies for my Nephew’s birthday. Big 50 on the 9th. I am going to try some w/ sprinkling sea salt on top. Sugar/Salt. matches his hair. LOL. He is like a second son to me, although just like most son’s we don’t always agree politically, but love him anyway. Then have to make dessert for the Wednesday coffee gathering in our building. I always make them a surprise dessert. Maybe I will figure out how to send it to Chips & she can post it. What do you think Chips? I can’t compete with your BC for Canadabarb, but I sure can try LOL.
      Have a great day everyone. Need to make a trip to the grocery store. BBL

      • May 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

        Roberta, don’t send me a photo of the dessert, send me THE dessert!! And, of course, if you need any baking tips, don’t be afraid to ask 😎

  9. 23 57andfemale
    May 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good morning, TOD family. Great Rise & Shine, UT.

  10. May 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  11. May 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!!!! It’s another great getting up day on Avenue TOD!!! The good news about the 3 missing females who were finally found after 10 years is phenomenal. The 5 women who perished in the limo fire is so tragic. Blessings to the victims and families of both situations. Life is just so full of ups and downs, and highs and lows. It is so important to live in full awareness of each moment in which we’re so fortunate to share among our fellow humanoids. It’s imperative to assess daily what’s really important and put issues in their proper perspective.

  12. 26 japa21
    May 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

    As usual, UT, you have put together a smashing R&S. And you ended it with the best. The last pic is so great, you could almost have made it the entire post.

  13. May 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

    good morning guys

  14. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    May 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good morning and thanks UT for the great roundup. Elizabeth Smart’s revelations are chilling. Not only do those who are repeatedly raped endure unspeakable violence, their backgrounds in conservative families rob them of the ability to help themselves. Female “purity” is one of the biggest con games inflicted on women in human history. It is utterly dehumanizing, reducing a vibrant, intelligent, complex human being to one body part. We’ve made strides against this misogynist thinking in my lifetime, but boy, do we have a long way to do. I hope that future generations of women will look back on this black arc of history with horror and never allow it to happen again. Those religions that designate one kind of person as “inferior” need massive reformation and it can’t come soon enough.

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

      We see this brainwashing extend into our politics as well.

      How often do we wonder why a woman would support a candidate or party that demeans them and tells them that they have no rights when it comes to making decisions about their bodies; a party that says women are not deserving of equal pay for doing equal work; a party that basically sanctions violence against women?

  15. 37 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    • 38 Jovie
      May 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

      A distraction!

      • May 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

        They are intent on trying to tag the President and sully Clinton in case she runs for office. When is someone going to tell them to ask Petraeus why 2 dozen CIA members were so pathetic, they didn’t see the attack coming? Seems to me, if you have to decide where to send resources because riots are breaking out at Embassies all over the Middle East, a CIA outpost is at the bottom of the list.

        • 40 Roberta in MN
          May 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

          Don’t kid yourself they new it was coming and they were told to stand down. I never trusted Petraeus he has always reminded me of a sleaze ball.

          • 41 Lovepolitics2008
            May 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

            I would be very curious to know what exactly was going on at the CIA post and if the President was being told everything the CIA was doing down there.

  16. 42 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 9:44 am


  17. 43 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

    LOL! Hey bacon lovers…you now have a good excuse!!

  18. May 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Good morning all! I woke up this morning and declared nothing would piss me off today. Then I turned on the idiot box and the first newscast I heard was about the 3 women who were kidnapped and have been found. The report, of course had scant information, but they were all praising and hailing Amanda Berry a hero, which I suppose she is, but they never once mentioned the man who helped break down the door.

    • 45 desertflower
      May 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Here’s more good news for you this morning:)


      North Korea has removed two medium-range missiles from a coastal launch site, indicating a lowering of tension on the peninsula, a US official said.

      Pyongyang was believed to be preparing for a launch last month, having threatened attacks in the region.

      The threats followed tough new UN sanctions imposed on North Korea in March after its third nuclear test.

      North Korea has been angered by wide-ranging annual US-South Korea military drills, which ended a week ago.

      The news that the missiles had been removed from the site on the east coast came on the eve of a summit in Washington between the US and South Korean presidents.

      Park Geun-hye is to hold talks with Barack Obama later on Tuesday, with the two expected to reiterate a commitment to strong ties. Ms Park, who took office in February, will also address the US Congress on Wednesday.

      • May 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

        Well, I was really worried about that nut. With Ambassador Rodman on the case, I knew that little matter was in the bag. 🙂

        • May 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

          oops! I left out the word “never”. I was never worried…Dennis had control of that situation.

          • 48 desertflower
            May 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

            🙂 Why yes! Thank goodness for Amb. Rodman…….what would we ever have done without his knowledge and expertise!

    • 49 99ts
      May 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

      He lost the coverage when he replied to a question with this comment
      “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms – something is wrong here – dead giveaway”
      Reporter didn’t like the truth he heard.

      Watch the local channels – they, as always, have better news.

      • May 7, 2013 at 10:06 am

        That comment just made me incredibly sad 99ts, there’s so many things to read in to it, but it was painful.

        • 51 99ts
          May 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

          It is sad – but sadly it is true – sometimes in my world as well as yours. Among the b.s. there were some wonderful comments about the bravery of the man on BJ – apart from who might have been armed & dangerous in the house – in similar situations the black man calling 911 ends up being arrested!

          I also listened to the press conference & one of the speakers (I get confused with all the different types of LE people – we have state police only) kept saying Amanda was a hero because she kicked in the door – Charles did that – with advice from another neighbor – he got one small mention at the press conference. I’m glad he got to tell his story – I hope he is well rewarded.

      • 52 cookemom
        May 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

        I missed that part of his interview and it would certainly make the newsfolk cringe. Honesty has never been encouraged, unless clothed in political correctness. I’m just glad he was available to help the young ladies, whether he ever gets in front of the mike or not. I’m sure the women are forever grateful to him and don’t mind his spontaneous utterance of his truth.

        They continue to reference his role in the rescue, but I doubt we’ll be hearing from him directly before he completes his Emily Post ‘Rules of Media Speak Etiquettefulness’ class.

      • 53 Roberta in MN
        May 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

        the people around him were a little shocked on his comment about a little white girl running to a black man. I give him (((hugs))) for stating the truth. MSM doesn’t like it. They started cutting him off and he wouldn’t let them. 🙂

    • 54 cookemom
      May 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Every TV station report that I listened to, not only mentioned him, but interviewed him as well. Evidently, he went over to assist her get thru the bottom panel of the door, after seeing her waving frantically. He went on to say that he had no knowledge of the girls, even though he’d attended BBQs with the man who lived in the home. The radio stations I listen to, also played his interview. Either way, he is a hero, she is a hero, and I think he’s OK with all of the attention being given her. She lived the ordeal, possibly born a child from it, and still managed to keep her wits about her to never give up. I don’t think it matters that the neighbor is not in the forefront of this story. This shouldn’t piss you off. This should make you happy and relieved, regardless of how the media handles the neighbors role in the rescue.

      • May 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

        I certainly understand your point, but it is important that he is acknowledged, as well. We live in a time when the average person would have just kept walking. So much attention is given to people who do the wrong thing, it is important to acknowledge those who are courageous enough to make the right choices.

        • May 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

          Cookemom, I just turned on my television to see what channel it was on. Fox! Case closed.

          • 57 cookemom
            May 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

            HUH!!?? What are you turning on FOX for? I never listen or watch them. The coverage I’m following is on MSNBC and the other references I made was on my local Chicago area TV and radio coverage. No wonder you’re pissed, you’re watching FOX.

        • 58 cookemom
          May 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

          I think he was duly acknowledged, at least in the Chicago news reports, both TV and radio. MSNBC is also referencing him. See my response on the MSNBC coverage below.

      • 59 99ts
        May 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

        The press conference confirmed that the child was Amanda’s.

        • 60 cookemom
          May 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

          Yes, I did hear it, but wasn’t sure it was confirmed.

          • 61 99ts
            May 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

            It was a little weird – initially they said she was the child of “one of the women” and when a reporter later asked which one – they said Amanda.

    • 62 57andfemale
      May 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Oddly enough, he was an important part of the story on WGN TV news in Chicago.

      • 63 cookemom
        May 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

        Yes, and the Chicago radio stations are playing his interview and referencing him repeatedly. MSNBC is also talking about him as well as John Walsh, America’s Most Wanted, who even mentioned that the man, being black knew there was something wrong when seeing this white woman needing his assistance. John Walsh is giving him his due, including recognizing that race, however inconsequential, was involved, at least in the mind of the rescuer. Walsh didn’t shun or cringe away from the issue. Good on him and bless him. I’m sure that every time he hears of these type kidnappings, he’s reminded of his own son, kidnapped at age 6.

        • 64 jacquelineoboomer
          May 7, 2013 at 10:39 am

          Yes, definitely. I heard John Walsh commend Charles Ramsey on CNN yesterday, mentioned his quote, and said the first thing he’ll do if he gets to meet him, is to hug him. One hero and one heroine made this a wonderful outcome!

  19. 65 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

  20. 75 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

    These senators are slowly changing their minds….


  21. 87 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

  22. 128 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 10:08 am

  23. 133 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

    HEADLINE: Kentucky environmental lawyer eyes underdog challenge to McConnell

    // A longtime Kentucky environmental lawyer has emerged as a potential challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) as Democrats wait to learn if Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) will enter the race.
    Tom FitzGerald (D), chairman of the Kentucky Resources Council, says he understands he’d be the underdog in a race against McConnell, whom he described as one of the “nastiest” politicians in the nation. //

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/298085-kentucky-environmental-lawyer-eyes-underdog-challenge-to-mcconnell-#ixzz2ScGTtPzM

    • May 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

      An environmental attorney in coal-loving Kentucky? I don’t know about that one, but I want someone to beat McConnell so badly, I’m almost ready to move to Kentucky so I can vote against him.

  24. 135 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

  25. May 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

  26. May 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Gooood morrnninggg, TODville. I see Knoller has his donutz and everybody’s been given the green light on bacon and Christie really wants to be POTUS bad and the Republicans still hate everyone who isn’t lily white and from the south. Interesting.

  27. 150 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Their hit single “Sandy” (sang to Manilow’s “Mandy” tune) will be released soon.

  28. 152 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

    These donuts have sure put Mark in a fantastic mood! He’s game 🙂

  29. 163 99ts
    May 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Bedtime – than you all for the good news & the humor – hope I wake to see that ex Gov Sanford is still unemployed.

  30. May 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    “Sanford: I won’t run for office again if I lose”



    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday that he won’t run for office again if he fails in his quest for political redemption and loses the race for the congressional seat he previously held for three terms.

    Sanford made the remarks to reporters after casting his own ballot in the special election.

    Gibbs Knotts, chairman of the Political Science Department at the College of Charleston, said the key for both campaigns is getting their voters to the polls. Turnout is expected to be light.
    “It’s going to be a close election” he said. “It will depend on turnout. I’m sort of wondering if the moderates are going to hold their noses and vote for Sanford because he ultimately lines up with their policies.”

    “If Sanford wins, it’s a story about the fundamentals. This is a district that was designed to be a Republican District, and they will have sent another Republican to Congress,” Knotts said.

    If Colbert Busch wins, he said, “it’s a referendum on Sanford’s past – just too much baggage, and the trespassing allegations got him talking about his past when Sanford is best when he is talking about size of government and the budget deficit.”

    • 165 theo67
      May 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Why does he want to win anyway – just to win? Does he actually want to serve the people? Because he had that chance. And in the middle of an economic crisis – and on Fathers’ Day – he abandoned his family and his state to go gallivanting with his mistress in the fictitious “Appalachian Trail” also known as Argentina. If the people of South Carolina can’t do this simple analysis, then they’ll get the government they deserve.

  31. 167 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    FLOTUS is at a book signing today??

  32. May 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Good morning you lot. Me anchor’s up and I’m making sail for Benghazi. That seems to be where all the action is. That’s if I can get pass the capitol. 😀

  33. 171 japa21
    May 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

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