Rise and Shine

May 14 (Photo: Pete Souza)



11:0: The President delivers remarks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service (White House live)

12:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney (White House live)

1:0 Attorney General Eric Holder appears before the House Judiciary Committee (C-Span 3)



Steve Benen: Yesterday’s news from the Congressional Budget Office on the shrinking deficit came as something of a shock to those who pay attention to such things. We knew the budget deficit was getting smaller, but we didn’t realize just how quickly the perceived problem was vanishing — we’re now looking at over $400 billion in deficit reduction in just one year, and about $800 billion in deficit reduction since President Obama took office.

There are several important angles to this, but perhaps the most politically salient one is the way in which the shrinking deficit leaves Republican talking points in tatters. GOP arguments about President Obama’s fiscal recklessness now look absurd….

More here



Washington Post: The budget deals of the past two years and a recovering economy are rapidly mopping up the tide of red ink that swept over Washington after the 2007 recession.

After four years of budget deficits in excess of $1 trillion, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office forecast Tuesday that this year’s deficit will plummet to $642 billion….

That’s $200 billion lower than the CBO forecast in February. Analysts attributed the sunnier outlook to higher-than-expected tax revenue and about $95 billion in higher payments from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are profiting from a recovering housing market.

The forecast puts the nation on track for its smallest deficit since 2008, before the recession hit in full force.

More here


NYT: …. many economists are cautioning that the deficit is coming down too fast, too soon. “It’s good news for the budget deficit and bad news for the jobs deficit,” said Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-of-center research group in Washington. “I’m more worried about the latter.”

More here



Steve Benen: …. As Josh Marshall explained, “…. Karl’s follow on piece is entitled ‘More Details on Benghazi Talking Points Emerge’ but the substance is, ‘How the Story Changes When I Realize the Notes I Was Using Weren’t Reliable.’ The answer here is that Karl pretty clearly got burned by his source. But he at least seriously singed himself by making it really, really look like he was looking at the emails themselves when he wasn’t.”

Right. ABC’s Karl originally told his audience that he’d “obtained” White House materials, when in fact he’d seen summaries, apparently provided by a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill, which we now know were misleading. Karl received unreliable information, and seems to have been incomplete in how he characterized his direct knowledge of the information…..

Full post here

Steve Benen must be the politest man on planet earth: “Karl received unreliable information, and seems to have been incomplete in how he characterized his direct knowledge of the information”. In other words, he lied!



USA Today: The Benghazi hearings are drawing intense interest in Washington.

In the rest of the country, not so much.

A new poll by the Pew Research Center says only 44% of Americans are paying attention to congressional hearings on administration actions surrounding the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

That number is “virtually unchanged from late January when Hillary Clinton testified,” Pew reported. “Last October, 61% said they were following the early stages of the investigation at least fairly closely.”



NYT: The 37th time won’t be the charm. But House Republicans are charging forward anyway this week on a vote to repeal President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, which will put the number of times they have tried to eliminate, defund or curtail the law past the three-dozen mark.

…. Three dozen is a lot for a bill that currently has no prayer of becoming law. But the figure 37 actually understates the amount of time Republicans have devoted to litigating and trying to dismantle the president’s biggest legislative accomplishment.

The repeal vote, which is likely to occur Thursday, will be at least the 43rd day since Republicans took over the House that they have devoted time to voting on the issue.

To put that in perspective, they have held votes on only 281 days since taking power in January 2011…

That means that since 2011, Republicans have spent no less than 15 percent of their time on the House floor on repeal in some way.

More here



Yahoo: House Democrats will begin making robocalls to voters in 10 congressional districts Wednesday that target Republican lawmakers who support a new effort to repeal the 2010 federal health care law.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is paying for the calls, which according to a script obtained by Yahoo News, will warn voters that Republicans support putting “insurance companies back in charge of your health care.”

“The Republican Congress is scheduled to vote tomorrow to put insurance companies back in charge of your health care and repeal vital consumer protections and benefits that you’ve earned,” the voice on the call will say. “And your Congressman might be part of the problem. Tell [your congressman] to stand up for middle class families here in California—and don’t help the Republican Congress give insurance companies more control over your life.”

More here




Funny, we’re not hearing much about this…..

Bloomberg: The Internal Revenue Service, under pressure after admitting it targeted anti-tax Tea Party groups for scrutiny in recent years, also had its eye on at least three Democratic-leaning organizations seeking nonprofit status.

One of those groups, Emerge America, saw its tax-exempt status denied, forcing it to disclose its donors and pay some taxes. None of the Republican groups have said their applications were rejected.

Progress Texas, another of the organizations, faced the same lines of questioning as the Tea Party groups from the same IRS office that issued letters to the Republican-friendly applicants. A third group, Clean Elections Texas, which supports public funding of campaigns, also received IRS inquiries.

More here







Forbes: In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea to the thousands of bloggers and web developers in the audience. The former Microsoft MSFT +1.51% programmer and congressional candidate proposed a smartphone app allowing shoppers to swipe barcodes to check whether conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch were behind a product on the shelves.

…. She wasn’t aware that a group of developers was hard at work on Buycott, an even more sophisticated version of the app she proposed.

…. The app itself is the work of one Los Angeles-based 26-year-old freelance programmer, Ivan Pardo …. his handiwork is available for download on iPhone or Android, making its debut in iTunes and Google GOOG +1.09% Play in early May. You can scan the barcode on any product and the free app will trace its ownership all the way to its top corporate parent company, including conglomerates like Koch Industries.

More here



Green Bay PG: A Wisconsin boy wrote Vice President Joe Biden with an unusual suggestion for making the nation safer: Create guns that shoot chocolate bullets.

On Monday, he got an unusual response: A handwritten note from Biden on vice presidential stationery.

More here



161 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 13 JER
    May 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good Morning everybody.

  2. 14 vcprezofan2
    May 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Too late, I know. I blinked. GM

  3. 15 symmetry11
    May 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good morning! Lots of info to read. 🙂

  4. 16 japa21
    May 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Morning all. It is a beautiful day. And it is a foursome this AM

  5. 17 TrumpDog
    May 15, 2013 at 9:44 am


  6. 18 JER
    May 15, 2013 at 9:45 am


    The day that many conservatives anticipated with dread came to pass over the weekend.
    House Speaker John Boehner’s daughter tied the knot in Florida on Friday night with a Rastafarian construction worker. …

    Linsay Boehner, 35, wed Dominic Lakhan, 38, under heavy security at a luxury B&B in Palm Beach County during a sunset ceremony… John Boehner … wore a grey suit that matched the groom’s but quickly shed his jacket. … Lakhan, originally from Jamaica, looked sharp with three-and-a-half foot dreadlocks spilling down his back. The bride wore a white strapless gown that exposed her arm-band tattoo. … Lakhan reportedly was arrested for marijuana possession in 2006 … His new father-in-law is adamantly against all uses of the plant, including for medicinal purposes.

    More: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/Boehners_daughter_marries_Rastafarian.html
    Photos and more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324023/The-moment-proud-father-John-Boehner-watched-daughter-say-I-Do-dreadlocked-Jamaican-born-love.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

  7. May 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Dang! You all are quick! Good morning!

  8. 23 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    That cartoon about repeal of ObamaCare has me chuckling in delight. Fantastic Chiparoo.

  9. 24 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Happy Wednesday & congrats Berny, JER, vc and symmetry on 1st-place tie! 🙂

  10. 25 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

  11. 26 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This will always crack me up. The video modeled after Daniel Day Lewis from There Will Be Blood is so apt for this week.

    • May 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

      And now what do some economist that were running around panicking that the deficit was going to bury us all say? It’s coming down to fast. Puhleeze.

  12. May 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Awesome round-up, Chips. There is a lot of very good and very impressive things happening with the economy. So expect the Hill and beltway noise to go into overdrive.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      May 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

      It’s true meta. Things are improving – and more rapidly than they were 2-3 years ago. That’s why the MSM is unhinged right now. Morning Joke is screaming so you know he’s pizzzzzed.

      Corporate masters are mad that their Bush tax cuts have expired and now contributing to lowering the deficit. The public is feeling better about the economy. PBO’s approvals are doing just fine (even with the slanted polling that we know automatically shaves off 5 pts). The stock market is happy. People’s 401K/retirement plans are getting back on track. Housing is doing better. The auto industry is thriving. DADT is repealed. More and more states are endorsing marriage equality -soon DOMA will be toast. Osama Bin Laden is dead. ObamaCare is law of the land and the American people do NOT want it repealed – keep your hands off my O’care, they say. PBO makes everything more interesting, more watched, better attended, (see WHCD)!

      For America it’s onward and upward with President Obama!

      • May 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Exactly. All of PBO’s great ideas and all those seeds he planted for a better America are bearing fruit. The people he’s appointed who have worked hard, including all those who have have left, have done a great job implementing PBO’s policies. And he’s still got much more to do.

        President Obama is squeaky clean and it’s driving the RWNJs and the press insane.

      • May 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

        And he is on the brink of turbocharging the economy with zero help from Congress along with building trade zones across Europe and the Pacific.

        Deal with it haters.

  13. 35 japa21
    May 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

  14. 36 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

    In the realm of finally and what took them so long?!

    • May 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I think when PBO talked about breaking the fever he wasn’t just talking about Republicans. The media has it bad as well. They got burned so badly this week that hopefully some of them will wake up. I doubt it of course but maybe some of them have had enough of this ridiculous inside baseball nonsense.

  15. May 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

    So since I handed in my shitload of exam…FINALLY..I was thinking i should fly to DC and just give PBO a good, long hug. Not sure what my chance are to get past security though.

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      May 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Congrats on finally getting them all marked, NiTiathiel! (Did I spell your name right – the eyes are not too sharp these days?) I can feel your sense of relief all the way up here. 😉 Have a terrific, restful summer, whether you fly to DC or not. 😀

      • May 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

        It´s NiLiathiel, but never mind 😉
        Thanks, I really do feel relieved, haven´t had any proper breather since February. This place reminds me that there are people with a far tougher job than mine that can do it with impeccable grace, so that´s always a motivation. 🙂

        • 41 vcprezofan2
          May 15, 2013 at 10:50 am

          Definitely one of the things I love about our little community here, Niliathiel, (nice sound to your name) is the warmth and scope it provides for us to SEE others ‘at work’ in differing ways and scenarios – and yes, I too find it inspiring. ps. BREATHE well before your next round starts in August or earlier!

          • May 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

            Oh my round is not over yet. Summer holidays start in late July, not before that. But the largest bunch of exams is over. 🙂 btw, the name is not a real first name it´s a fake Elvish name that came out of a name generator years ago. because I´m a nerd. 😀

            Indeed, there are many reasons why this is a fun place. I shall not mention one of those, don´t want to have to stand on the naughty mat.

            • 43 vcprezofan2
              May 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

              I still like the sound of your name (better than the ‘t’ sound I thought it had). BTW the name isn’t fake anymore since you have been using it. 😉 Late July? Tell me you are teaching summer school and that your academic year does not normally stretch to LATE July. My offspring will be going till late July but that’s because he’s taking a few summer courses to minimize his 4th year load.

            • 44 MightyPamela
              May 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

              You are funny, niliathiel! The trip to DC is a great idea, because you never know! 😉

              • May 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

                vc: Well, here the summer holidays are at different times every year, it´s 6 weeks and it starts earliest in late June and latest in late July, because the different states have their holidays at different times to avoid super awful traffic jams. 😛 So, this is a late year which means that indeed…till the end of July. *headdesks*

                MightyPamela: When I first went to the States last year he was at the Verizon Centre…me, unknowingly, at a hotel maybe two miles away. Then I went to Florida, drove down to Miami, so did PBO who stopped at some place where we had left two hours earlier. We heard in the news that evening. Then we drove back to Orlando to get a rental car for the last few days of our trip and Air Force One touched down about three hours after we left… I wish I had had a smartphone back then…i would have known.
                Of course there is always the possibility of me being stalked. not that I would mind in that particular case. 😛

  16. 49 Jovie
    May 15, 2013 at 9:59 am

    They picked on the wrong person. I think she is center right, but a lot better than Christie or Jyndal etc.

    • May 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

      I just can’t be believe they would be so stupid as to telegraph their punch before she has said whether she will run or not and 3 years before the actual campaign.

      I think Colonel Klink with Sgt Shultz as his campaign manager could beat this crowd.

  17. 53 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

  18. 54 Jovie
    May 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The president should gather congress together just like this video


  19. 55 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Another voice of reason from smartypants:

    // One of the reasons why the beltway media responds to President Obama the way they do is that he doesn’t give a shit about all their chatter and noise. As Michelle says – he’s got his eyes on the end goal. I’d be willing to bet that right now he’s more focused on things like immigration reform, a budget deal and what we’re going to do about climate change than he is about all the so-called “advice” he’s getting on how to handle the latest media-driven hysteria.//


    • 56 Jovie
      May 15, 2013 at 10:15 am

      But how will they get the house to pass anything of they are marred on these so called scandal hearings?
      That’s why they are doing it, to stop any legislation without saying NO.

      • May 15, 2013 at 10:27 am

        It’s not like they need scandal hearings to not do their job. This has been going on since January 2011. 40 times repealing Obamacare and zero jobs bill. On top of this they have been holding hearings (Solyndra, Fast and Furious) and have come up empty. Imo eventually Boehner is going to have to pass something if he wants to remain speaker after the 2014 midterms.

        • 58 Jovie
          May 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

          And the GOP are being made a fool out of. No policies to help American people so they drum up old claims of charges, to get focus off of them
          I hope American public is smarter than that.
          So far, it appears they are. 🙂

        • 59 MightyPamela
          May 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

          He won’t be speaker when the dems are back in the majority.

  20. 60 desertflower
    May 15, 2013 at 10:11 am


    Yesterday’s news from the Congressional Budget Office on the shrinking deficit came as something of a shock to those who pay attention to such things. We knew the budget deficit was getting smaller, but we didn’t realize just how quickly the perceived problem was vanishing — we’re now looking at over $400 billion in deficit reduction in just one year, and about $800 billion in deficit reduction since President Obama took office.

    There are several important angles to this, but perhaps the most politically salient one is the way in which the shrinking deficit leaves Republican talking points in tatters. GOP arguments about President Obama’s fiscal recklessness now look absurd. Conservative cries about the United States becoming Greece look ridiculous. Republican demands for austerity appear pointless and unnecessarily destructive.

    And yet, the drive among congressional Republicans to hold the nation hostage and create another debt-ceiling crisis remains unaffected.

    More here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/15/18274496-deficit-hawks-unmoved-by-facts?lite

    • 61 japa21
      May 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

      As mentioned above, there is a real problem with how fast the deficit is shrinking. Long term, fine. But the drop in spending, which is 1/2 the equation, has other impacts which are not as pretty. As it is, the GOP can use this to justify their actions re the sequester, etc. even though the drop in spending d/t the sequester is a small portion of the over all deficit drop. Even without the drop d/t sequester, the deficit would still have shrink significantly.

    • 62 99ts
      May 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

      And then – per Chips above

      NYT: …. many economists are cautioning that the deficit is coming down too fast, too soon. “It’s good news for the budget deficit and bad news for the jobs deficit,” said Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-of-center research group in Washington. “I’m more worried about the latter.”

      I’m waiting for the GOP to blame the President because the deficit is coming down too fast – that will be the next Tapper/Todd report.

  21. 63 japa21
    May 15, 2013 at 10:15 am

  22. May 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Good Morning Chipsy and all my fellow TOD’ers

  23. 67 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Hmmm….no mention of Benghazi this morning from the MSM or GOP. I wonder why? John McCain’s last mention of Benghazi was yesterday morning at 8AM. What happened since then? Hmmm…..

  24. 68 Jovie
    May 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

  25. 69 Linda
    May 15, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Joe Scarborough went off on former Obama adviser David Axelrod on Wednesday’s “Morning Joe.”

    The two were discussing the AP phone records scandal, which Scarborough had earlier called “sinister” and chilling. When he asked Axelrod about the scandal, Axelrod pointed out that Scarborough had previously called on the president to investigate leaks.

    “Last summer I appeared with you and you challenged me in the same tone on these leaks and said, when is the president going to send a strong signal to people with classified information won’t be tolerated, when is he going to make people accountable for the leaks?” Axelrod said.

    “I congratulate you guys for going off into a room and calling each other and coming up with this bogus argument,” Scarborough said, adding that he had obviously not meant to call for such a broad sweep of personal phone records.

    “Don’t shift this to me! Answer my question! Will sources, confidential sources inside the federal government, be intimidated because of what this administration … has been doing from the very beginning?”

    • 70 Jovie
      May 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

      And what did Axelrod say?

    • May 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

      He’s caught.

      Rule #1: When caught in a trap of your own making pretend that you are not caught in a trap of your own making.

      Rule #2: Yell at somebody for pointing out you are caught in a trap of your own making.

      Rule #3: Go to a commercial break

      Rule #4: Wipe the sweat off your face and hope your ratings don’t tank any further than they already are.

    • 73 criquet
      May 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Morning Joke goes off on many guests. It’s all he has.
      Like Mika’s dad told him: “You are stunningly superficial”. LoL!!!One of the few guests who have shut him up but I don’t think he has been back on the show too often, if ever.

      • 74 Nena20409
        May 15, 2013 at 11:12 am

        Yes, he has….but what has changed….is, JS allows Dr B to talk and he is respectful to him and he knows that Dr. B is not a lackey. If only his daughter, Mika, would Woman Up and stand up to the piece of cheating sack of crap, JoeScar.

  26. 75 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

  27. May 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good Morning Peeps!!

  28. 99 Jovie
    May 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

    But but but It’s a cover up a scandal or as the French say a Scandale…

  29. 102 Linda
    May 15, 2013 at 10:30 am


    An 11-year-old Florida boy has died after being shot by a four-year-old relative on Sunday at a Lake City apartment complex, according to a Department of Children and Families spokesperson.

    Jarvan Jackson died Tuesday at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    According to neighbors interviewed by Action News, there were six children and at least one adult in the apartment at the time of the shooting on Sunday. Watch the video above.

    “The children were covered in blood,” the 911 caller told Action News. “I went inside the house because I heard all the kids screaming and the little boy was laying on his back, covered up.”

    DCF’s John Harrell told HuffPost Miami that the four-year-old sustained an injury during the shooting but it was not life threatning.

    Lake City Police have ruled the shooting an accident and are investigating how the four year old got access to gun, reports the Gainesville Sun.

  30. 104 forus50
    May 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

    In reality POTUS will quietly get tons of small things done and will most likely get a couple of major things done as well if his own party doesn’t cave on basic party platform issues like they did in 2010.

  31. May 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Howdy Doody all you O’s!!!!! ‘Sup on this great getting up day in TODdytown? Day 2 of spring for me and it’s time to clean out the brush in the lower 40.

    • 106 jacquelineoboomer
      May 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I’ll be waving to you from the upper 40. Well, actually, somebody else did all that, so I’ll be sipping me coffee watching what I hope is a repeat of last year’s 120 purple irises bloom in me front yard! So far, five live flowers and 115 blooms, looks like. Maybe spring really has arrived in the Midwest. Yeehaw!

  32. May 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

    “None of the Republican groups have said their applications were rejected.”

    Excuse me. What was that?

    None of the Republican groups have said their applications were rejected.

    No applications rejected but because IRS was flooded with applications they took their time in scrutinizing them. This is the scandal?

    I give the tea party credit. They know they are dealing with a lazy GOP friendly scandal loving media. Just yell and the media will come running to do their bidding everytime.

    • 108 99ts
      May 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

      I cannot work out WHY anyone apologized – the IRS was doing its job – and the bosses apologized – great staff support – reminds me of how some Democrats react when the President needs their support.

      • May 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

        All of the organizations were approved. In January 2012 the IRS changed the definition of a 501(c) 4 to perfectly fit the needs of the applicants. That’s the scandal.

      • 110 criquet
        May 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

        I sometimes think that PBO is mindful of the old adage that -sometimes you have to stoop to conquer.
        In his judgement, this may be one of those times so he is freed up to move on.

        • 111 99ts
          May 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

          I keep thinking of Acorn & Shirley Sherrod – the admin really jumped too fast in believing the right wing lies in both instances.

          I love that the President thinks before he addresses the media make believe issues – I just wish some in the administration would do the same.

  33. May 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Morning all! Need to keep Lawrence O’Donnell’s show in mind all day. He seems to be a true voice of reason.

  34. 113 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

    This is the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  35. 114 japa21
    May 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

  36. 115 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

  37. 116 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

  38. May 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

    FYI – the twitter feed for the upcoming G8 conference in UK on June 17th – 18th.


    • 121 hopefruit2
      May 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Thanks – will follow them. Since the MSM won’t cover anything – except perhaps the angry protests comprising a few misfits of society.

  39. 122 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    • 123 Linda
      May 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I remember Lynn Sweet saying the Blago mess would lead to PBO.

      • 124 debz
        May 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

        And I remember right after his first inauguration, Howard, voices in my head, Fineman was on Tweety’s show and said the media were going to take PBO down.

  40. 125 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    • 126 hopefruit2
      May 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Ut – we posted the same thing at exactly the same time – because it deserves to be posted TWICE! 🙂 🙂

  41. 127 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

    CBO just gave a Big FU to the House GOP. 😆

  42. 130 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    POTUS is live now.

  43. May 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    It’s started!

    11:00 AM EDT: President Obama Speaks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service


    • 133 jacquelineoboomer
      May 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

      ” … for your constant support and advocacy for law enforcement on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch.”

      President Barack Obama!

  44. 134 utaustinliberal
    May 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

  45. 136 vcprezofan2
    May 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Heads-up! Memorial Service has started at White House.gov


  46. 142 JER
    May 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

  47. 144 japa21
    May 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

  48. 145 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I love to hear our country’s finest “peace officer,” and that would be President Barack Obama, speaking at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service. He means every word, and they know it. And I love that AG Holder is known to them as our nation’s “Top Cop.” Because he is, and he’s a man of integrity.

  49. 146 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

    God bless our dear President. We are so lucky to have him, I just wanna cry. But, instead, I will smile that I recognize it, along with all of you and so many others, and move on. #FORWARD

  50. 148 anniebella
    May 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I missed POTUS speech this morning. 😦

  51. 149 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Love that top photo of President Obama, with Martin and Abe looking over at him. Love it. Three men whose greatness rose up and covered all of us – in three different centuries – of our nation’s history.

  52. 151 donna dem 4 obama
    May 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Top of the Morning TOD!

    I can’t think of a better way to Rise & Shine!

    As usual you’ve done an outstanding job of giving us the facts Ms. Chips!!!!!

    I’ve been listening to Urban Talk radio of late during my drive in to work and on lunch break (Joe Madison in the morning and Rev Al at lunch).

    Joe Madison has been blasting the Republicans and the media this week. It has been a thing of beauty to listen to. The callers to his show know the game as well and if these Republicans think that they are going to try and take this President down based on these bogus so-called “scandals” they are in for a rude awakening. The Republicans will feel their wrath like never before so let them keep overreaching…..

    I’d like to say a word or two about a topic that he did touch on this morning (just as I arrived at work and couldn’t hear the end) was the WH’s response to these so-called scandals. I’m also seeing a lot of this in my twitter timeline. There seems to be this notion that the WH isn’t getting out in front of these issues as fast as some would like. Now, if I said that at times I don’t get frustrated with our rapid response team I would be lying. I do, but what I have learned to understand is that there is a process to everything. This President would rather be right than first. Meaning he won’t send folks out to say things until he knows all the facts. He also is the President of the United States and people that want him to go crazy on the Republicans every time they do something crazy just don’t understand this man. He is not a cowboy and he is not a thug so folks need to stop expecting him to act like one.

    All those saying that the President should have been out front on the AP scandal because the notification from the AG’s office was sent on Friday have to understand that the AG’s office is an independent entity. They cannot coordinate with the WH on any legal matter. So the WH found out when we found out and there wasn’t a doggone thing that they could have done about it. Also, the WH cannot dictate to the Justice Dept how to do their job. It just doesn’t work that way. The media was going to take the side of the AP whether or not the breath of those subpoenas was appropriate or not because that’s what they do. This is the same media who all stuck together and pushed back when this WH tried to take on Fox news in the early years of his Presidency. It’s a strong union and they feel if you come after one of us (even the illegitimate ones) you might come after all of us.

    On the Benghazi lying email mess…IMO, we probably should/could have seen this coming knowing how rabid the Repubs Faux News crowd has been about this topic but you can only respond to what you know so how could the WH react any faster to this story until the story broke? The “blockbuster” story that Karl broke was on Friday. Someone “notified” certain media types on Tuesday morning about the “actual” email but shouldn’t the emphasis be on the lying, bogus, good-for-nothing media that ran with this story without any due-diligence?

    Look, I get that we are frustrated that our media sucks and that the President doesn’t appear to have the same level of respect or support from the Dems on the Hill that the Clinton’s had and our silly party will join right in with the right condemning him without all the facts and that this WH doesn’t spend all its time trying to figure out ways to annihilate the Republicans. I get that, but President Obama sees that as counter-productive because he has far more supporters outside of the beltway and he is trying his best to harness that support into action. He needs your voice everywhere you can raise it to inform, enlighten and engage the public. So before going public with your frustration remember that this President has been fighting every single day that he has been in office. They can try with all their might to bring him down but we must always remember our role is to continue to take him higher.

    As Bobfr would say… #TrustObama

  53. 153 Jovie
    May 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I hardly ever see Gibbs or Axelrod on msnbc. I wonder if they are under pressure to not favor the President?
    You know, if you want to appear more, and so on and do forth!

    • 154 anniebella
      May 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I don’t watch MSNBC in the morning, sometimes I will watch Bashir, I watch Rev. Al everyday and I watch O’Donnell, other then that the rest of the network sucks.

    • 155 jacquelineoboomer
      May 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I think I’ve seen both. Maybe they’re resting and regrouping, and getting their lives back! Don’t forget who their boss was for quite a few years – the guy that makes the Secret Service dudes run to catch up with him.

  54. 156 Linda
    May 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

    JUPITER, Fla. – A man accidentally shot himself Tuesday night at the Jupiter Lanes Bowling Alley located on Maplewood Drive.

    The man’s own gun accidentally discharged, injuring him, said Jupiter Police Officer Adam Brown.

    Several witnesses said that the gun was in the bowler’s pocket when it went off, terrifying other players.

    The man was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Brown said.

    He will not face any charges, according to police.

    Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_n_palm_beach_county/jupiter/man-accidentally-shoots-himself-at-jupiter-bowling-allley-scares-other-bowlers#ixzz2TNRmNOBq

    • 157 japa21
      May 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Would he have faced charges if another person had been injured?

      • 158 kathryn kivett
        May 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

        If he had it in his pocket, I’m sure it missed a vital part of his body b/c it is so small….anyone who walks around with a gun has got to have a problem in that area.

  55. May 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

    This is a must read article from Noam Scheiber over at The New Republic about the IRS story. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113217/irs-tea-party-scandal-conservative-political-correctness-action#

    Basically, he’s saying what I’ve been pointing out from the start. There’s no wrongdoing involved because it was necessary. It was boom tome for right-wing groups and they flooded the IRS with their applications for 501(c)4s. As such, they needed greater scrutiny.

  56. 161 japa21
    May 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Serious question. I know that statements in a political ad are protected from any libel suits. Many of the so-called social welfare groups, specially Rove’s, run ads attacking a canddiate (usually Dem) and often include false and/or misleading statements that, to me, would qualify as libel. If a candidate went to court to sue for libel and to ask for a cease and desist order, I wonder what the group’s response would be. If they fall back on th immunity argument, they are admitting to being political. If they don’t, what would prevent a judge from issuing a cease and desist order which they would then be obligated to comply with until afetr the libel suit is heard.

    I would love to see some Dem candidate do this and sue for $50 million and see what happened.

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